On 5th December between 11am and 12 noon, LACAS is aiming to plant over 900 native hedge species as well as create a new orchard using traditional varieties of apple, pear and damson in an attempt to break the world record number of trees planted at various locations within one single hour. Dubbed ‘Tree O’Clock’, the campaign is being run by BBC’s Breathing Places as part of National Tree Week and altogether they hope to plant over 1 million trees across the UK – breaking the current record which stands at 653,143 trees. With the clock ticking for ‘Tree O’Clock’, nearly 300,000 tree planting pledges have been made from 67 counties across the UK to join in the ‘dig for victory’ effort.
Meanwhile back in mid-Wales, the local cub pack, The Green Valleys woodland group, local allotment members and the ECO Club from the local school have signed up to take part, but with 900 trees waiting to be planted on the allotment site in Llangattock, LACAS are hoping to encourage as many people as possible to don their wellies, grab a spade and help them challenge the current world record.
Jed Needs, Chairman of LACAS said: “Tree O’Clock is a fantastic event promoting how local communities can come together and make a difference to combat climate change. We are always looking at new ideas to be sustainable and we hope that loads of people will turn up to take part in this rewarding world record attempt.”
With funding support from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, LACAS has developed new and innovative ways to support sustainability through local food production and has now become a well-established part of the Llangattock and district communities.
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is eager for other communities to develop community growing projects and is continuing to work with LACAS on exciting plans to develop an orchard, irrigation systems and solar panels near the site.
For more information on how you become involved in the LACAS scheme or how your community can benefit from community growing projects please contact Jed Needs on 07794341535.