A Scout group from Penparcau is helping to reverse nature’s decline thanks to a new garden scheme from environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

Local Places for Nature is offering communities free packages that include all the plants, tools and materials needed to create small gardens.

Second Penparcau Scouts will be creating a fruit-growing garden at Coed Cwmnewydion, between Llan-ilar and Pontrhydygroes, where the Scout group have access to forestry and a cabin.

As part of the award, the group have been given plum, apple and pear trees, as well as gooseberry, blueberry, current and raspberry bushes.

Kathy James, Scout leader said: “We’re always looking for worthwhile projects for our young people to get involved with and at this particularly challenging time, improving an outdoors space for people and for wildlife is an ideal activity.

“As the situation with coronavirus in the county has evolved, we opted to plant the new fruit trees as a small group of leaders, knowing that these trees will benefit young people from our area for many years to come.

“Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers (aged six to 18) will each be involved with an aspect of their care as well as utilising the fruits they eventually produce.”

Once the young people are able to be involved again they will help to make a raised bed for herbs, and plant wildflowers at a suitable location as part of the package too.

Deputy chief executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said: “More than ever, people are recognising the value of nature to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

“We are delighted that groups, like 2nd Penparcau Scouts, now have the opportunity to make a real difference through Local Places for Nature.

“We know there are many other areas that could benefit from the scheme and we’re urging people to get involved while there are still free packages available.”

The initiative is part of a wider £5m Welsh Government Local Places for Nature fund committed to acquiring, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.

Packages are still available to community groups and organisations. To apply for Local Places for Nature, visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru/nature