The tree nursery was established at Plas Tan y Bwlch back in the early 1990s to facilitate a constant supply of trees for the Authority’s tree planting projects. Trees grown at the nursery are from local, native seeds which include oak, mountain ash and downy birch. Hedgerow trees are also grown there, including hawthorns and hazel.
There are around 15,000 trees, ranging from saplings to small trees in the nursery at any one time, and so it’s quite an undertaking to plant and look after them all, especially in summer when they need regular watering. The installation of a second polytunnel will increase the nursery’s capacity by a further 5,000 trees.
To help look after the trees and to ensure a steady supply the National Park Authority, through its Carneddau Landscape Partnership scheme, is working in collaboration with Coleg Cambria, Llysfasi on an annual apprenticeship scheme, with the apprentice dividing his/her time between the college and the nursery. The apprentice’s main responsibilities include collecting and planting seeds, and looking after the saplings and small trees until they are mature enough to be planted out.