Tree Planting weekends 2023

This years tree planting season is kicking off at Coed with a range of new plantings, kindly funded by Orchard Media!

We would love you to join us for it! Last year we managed to plant over 1000 trees! We hope to make a similar number this year (Last years planting summary! )

From the end of January to March 2023 Ediculture team at Coed Gardens are planting a many new hedges, shelter belts, more fruit trees, plus a wide range of native and non native ornamentals into the land at Coed, St Hilary, in the Vale of Glamorgan, where Ediculture has it’s base.

We welcome the wider community to join us on these days. We will provide lunch in exchange for your support.


We aim to start each planting day at about 10am and plant until the sun goes down about 5pm, but as with all things outdoors, exact times of planting, lunch, and general activities are subject to weather. The best way to navigate this uncertainty is to keep in contact via phone and messaging Stephen on whatsapp –

07507 578885

We can inform you closer to the date what the details will be. Bad weather days will be canceled.

Also note that each weekend will be slightly different, and so arrangements will change from weekend to weekend, including overnight accomodation spaces which must be booked asap, as its a first come first served thing.

What to bring?

  • suitable outdoor clothing
  • a spade if you have one (just incase lots of people come its worth having extra!)
  • Gloves (we have gloves, but just incase lots of people come its worth having extra!)

Dates –

28th & 29th January

This weekend we will be focusing on the new hedges and shelter belts we wish to establish. We will be planting about 500 trees over the weekend. These hedges and shelterbelts will protect the stone circle field from strong winds and the new trees that we will be putting in the field.

5th February

On Sunday 5th Feb will be on establishing native trees. We will be establishing them into open space as well as into the woodland to replace the devastating effect of ash die-back. The woodland at Coed has hundreds if not thousands of ash trees which all have the disease and will die off in the next ten years. assisting the replacement of the ash trees with other native trees like oak, beech, hawthorn and silver birch is our aim. (We were going to do the Saturday 4th as well, but it clashes with the seed swap organised by green squirrel Which we want to take ediculture seeds to!

11th & 12th February

This weekend the focus is on the ornamental and unusual non natives which will be planted around the main buildings and crofter field.

These plants have been chosen primarily to support the wildlife, especially the birds and the bees, with flowers and fruits at times of year when there is very little else to eat.

25th & 26th February

This weekend we will be focusing on fruit trees. We will be planting about 50 fruit trees over the weekend into the stone circle field. We will be planting them in an open orchard form, mulching, staking and protecting the trees. This new orchard space will be tended by the community over the coming years to increase our reslience and local food production.


Look forward to seeing you with a tree and a spade!

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