Bodelwyddan Castle Parkland Meadow and Orchard

Bodelwyddan Castle Trust

The aim of our project is to create a wild flower meadow in our parkland orchard, with native hedgerow, seating and interpretation. The challenges we face are hard clay and the exposed position of the site!

Visitor Information

Bodelwyddan
Rhyl
Denbighshire
LL18 5YA

We are open to the public Tuesdays - Thursdays and Weekends. We have a family tree planting day on 28th March 2016. We are working closely with local volunteers and Cambian Pengwern College students.

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Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

We will be planting our hedgerow first, followed by the wild flower seed in the spring.
To get involved contact us on: www.bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk, or facebook.com/bodcastle, or ring 01745 584060

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Project slideshow

Easterly view to Clwydian Range

Friday, January 15, 2016

Castle from the Parkland meadow

Friday, January 15, 2016

Marble Church from the meadow

Friday, January 22, 2016

Will installing his first strut

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Will & Hywel work on the struts

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Will has completed his first post

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Will & Tom digging out the path

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Joanna staples netting in place

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pengwern students handy work!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Steve & Martin and the new gate

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nearly finished the netting!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Chris attaching the lower wire

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The technique of heeling in.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hywel & Will planting first trees

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Steve shows Tom the right method

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Looking down the hedge line

Friday, March 18, 2016

Martin's found his calling!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Zara doing a great job planting

Friday, March 18, 2016

Jason getting stuck in.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Howard wraps it up!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Andy gives a helping hand

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jamie watering the new trees

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chris putting spiral guards on

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

That's how you do it Dad!

Monday, March 28, 2016

A family making good progress

Monday, March 28, 2016

You're never too young to help!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Kevin enjoys lending a hand.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Da iawn Tomos dal ati!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Thanks to Save the family!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hywel with the Growwild Banner

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Hedgerow coming into leaf!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Steve, Steve and Andy apply mulch

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The mulch will retain moisture

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tom and William loading mulch

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Will filling the watering can

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The lads loading up

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tom watering in the trees

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ground prep - raking off

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ground prep prior to seeding

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ground prep - rotovate soil

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What we've been up to

What we did Date How many people took part Who was there
Continue preparing ground for sowing 13/10/2016 - 09:15 5 Mixed ages
Cut surface vegetation, rotovate soil, rake to a fine crumb, remove vegetation. 10/10/2016 - 09:30 7 Mixed ages
Beating up, pruning and counting losses of hedgerow plants. Only 30 trees lost out of 1920. Less than 2% 04/10/2016 - 09:30 4 Mixed ages
We held a celebration event, including BBQ lunch to thank the volunteers who contributed to the project. Photographer from Rhyl Journal. 29/09/2016 - 11:00 15 Mixed ages
Chris spraying meadow for second time to prepare for seeding 22/09/2016 - 09:45 2 45 – 54 years
Hywel sprayed herbicide on ground flora to kill off perennial weeds & grasses. Next stage will be to give a 2nd treatment before rotavation 06/05/2016 - 10:00 1 45 – 54 years
Phil and Chris finished attaching the top wire on the fence. 10/05/2016 - 10:00 2 45 – 54 years
Staff, volunteers and Pengwern students applied 8 cubic metres of woodchip around the base of the trees to retain moisture and reduce weeds. 19/04/2016 - 09:00 10 Mixed ages
Bodelwyddan Castle volunteers and staff complete the tree planting and install the new Grow Wild Banners in situ. 08/04/2016 - 12:45 2 45 – 54 years
BCT volunteers and staff continue to plant the hedgerow 06/04/2016 - 13:00 3 Mixed ages
Bodelwyddan Grounds staff and volunteers continue to plant the hedgerow. 05/04/2016 - 09:00 5 Mixed ages
Staff and students from Save the Family Flintshire helped to plant 30 hedgerow trees. Thank you and well done to all concerned! 02/04/2016 - 13:00 4 Mixed ages
Day visitors were invited to get stuck in & do some tree planting with us. We had a great day & lots of positive feedback from participants. 28/03/2016 - 11:00 16 Mixed ages
We planted 300 more trees today. The area is already looking transformed! 23/03/2016 - 09:00 4 Mixed ages
We continued to plant the hedging with another 350 trees. We are virtually half way there! 22/03/2016 - 09:15 6 Mixed ages
We planted 500 trees to start the hedgerow, including haw & blackthorn, hazel, field maple & gilder rose. The volunteers were great! 17/03/2016 - 13:00 14 Mixed ages
Chris (new volunteer) and Hywel attached the lower wire strand to the fence posts. Also installed the gate latch to the pedestrian gate. 16/03/2016 - 10:15 2 45 – 54 years
Steve, Martin and Hywel attach the last 100m of netting to the fence posts. The finished effect is very pleasing. Next job is to attach wire 15/03/2016 - 09:15 5 Mixed ages
Hywel (Bodelwyddan Castle Trust Environment manager), Kevin (Pengwern Cambian College Job coach), Will & Tom (students) installed the stuts 04/02/2016 - 13:00 4 Mixed ages
Tom, Will (Pengwern Cambian students) and Kevin (Job coach) preparing to installed the entrance footpath into the meadow. 03/03/2016 - 13:30 3 Mixed ages
Continued installing struts and inters. Encountered very hard stony ground on last stretch!! Also installed pedestrian gate and latch. 01/03/2016 - 09:00 10 Mixed ages
Intermediates continued (59 installed up to now) 29/02/2016 - 09:00 3 Mixed ages
Continued work on struts and started installing turner posts. Also started intermediate posts and installed the field gate. 25/02/2016 - 09:00 8 Mixed ages
Mini digger operator in for 3 days digging out the trench for hedgerow to be planted. Ground is heavy clay and needs breaking up. 22/02/2016 - 08:00 4 Mixed ages
Continued installing strainers (8 completed) and struts (10 completed). 16/02/2016 - 09:00 5 Mixed ages
Continued installing strainer posts and started on struts. 09/02/2016 - 09:00 7 Mixed ages
Started installing the strainer posts for the fence. These are 7ft long and need to be dug in by hand to 3ft depth. 02/02/2016 - 09:00 6 Mixed ages