July 25, 2024

Parts of a Rhyl landmark have been improved with an age-old farming craft.

Denbighshire County Council Countryside Services with the support of Nature for Health volunteers have recently carried out hedgelaying on a section of the Rhyl Cut.

The Council is also working with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to improve the Rhyl Cut watercourse and land surrounding its route through the town from east to west into the River Clwyd.

Work has commenced at key points of the waterway with a view to carrying out a longer-term project to develop the route to support local nature and communities living along the Rhyl Cut.

The hedgelaying took place at a section of the watercourse near Coleg Llandrillo Rhyl. This craft allows a hedge to be partially cut and laid down at an angle which results in regrowth of the hedge coming from the bottom and allows the hedgerow to thicken at the base providing a dense habitat for biodiversity.

It was historically applied by farms and landowners as part of their winter boundary management. In later days mechanical hedgerow maintenance then took over but research has shown much more effective this older method is for the much-needed regeneration of hedgerows.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Work is ongoing to improve the Rhyl Cut with our partners. Hedgerows are vital for giving local wildlife supportive habitats and this work will not only provide this but also improve the area for residents to enjoy walking along.

“I’m grateful to the volunteers and our Countryside staff for helping to continue to improve this important landmark for Rhyl.”