Henllan Community Nature Space – Have Your Say

Why are we doing this?

In July 2019, the Council passed a motion to declare a Climate Change and Ecological Emergency.  A cross party-political working group was established to oversee the development of a Climate and Ecological Change Strategy, which can be viewed here. The strategy was approved by Council in February 2021, committing the Council to become Net Carbon Zero and more Ecologically Positive Council by 2030. This includes reducing the Council’s carbon emissions from several sources. However, reduction of our emissions alone will not enable us to reach net zero, we must also increase the amount of carbon sequestered (or absorbed) by 2030 in order to achieve this.

This tree planting project will help the council achieve that carbon zero goal by contributing to the amount of carbon sequestered (or absorbed).

Additionally, to achieve the Ecologically Positive target, and help nature’s recovery, the Council must increase the species richness of its land. Mixed Broadleaf and Yew Woodland is in the top 3 species richness habitats so any work to increase woodland in Council ownership will support this target.

This project will help the council achieve that increased biodiversity target by 2030 and positively contribute towards helping nature’s recovery in Denbighshire. 


Where is the proposed Community Nature Space?
These plans are in relation to the field behind Ffordd Bryn y Garn in Henllan.  Please find a location plan included below.


What we intend to do at the proposed Henllan Community Nature Space includes:

  • increasing the current tree canopy cover to at least 20%
  • improving nature connectivity by planting hedgerows
  • additional tree planting to enhance existing tree cover and connect with nearby woodland
  • planting some standard trees, including a ‘celebration’ tree
  • managing grassland to encourage wildflower meadows and glade area creation
  • enhancing the site for biodiversity by creating a small pond and installing other ecological enhancements, such as owl/raptor posts
  • creating a ‘bee bank’ with wildflowers for bees and butterflies
  • enhancing the site access to create a safe footway approach from Ffordd Bryn y Garn
  • creating formal and informal pathways within the site
  • introducing seating with benches and a picnic area
  • constructing an outdoor classroom for educational and training purposes
  • creating an informal recreational space for play
  • installing information signs about the site


Please find illustrated site designs below. These outline the proposed plans and locations of the specified enhancements. 


What do we want to know?

We would like to know:
•    Your general feedback on the design
•    Your preference for the chosen ‘celebration’ tree
•    Whether you would like to see any seating at the site
•    Whether you have any ideas for the information signs 
•    If you would like to get involved and/or stay informed about the tree planting day and other training/volunteer opportunities 
•    If you would like to be kept informed about the council’s climate and ecological change work

To get involved and have your say, please complete the survey by following the link below. 

All responses must be received by 09:00 Wednesday 25th October.

If you cannot complete this online survey, paper copies will be available for completion at your local library.

What happens next?
After all feedback has been received we will: 

  • Evaluate the survey results 
  • Review the plans and designs for the site

The anticipated project commencement will be early in 2024, with completion by the end of December 2024.

If you would be interested in volunteering at the site and/or being involved in the tree planting, we will add you to our mailing list to receive relevant information and updates. However, please follow our social media accounts on Facebook and X (Twitter) where we will be posting updates on tree planting dates and times as soon as these have been confirmed..



  • Start date 11 October 2023
  • End date 25 October 2023
  • Methods
  • Supplier Denbighshire County Council

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Department/ service area:

Corporate Support Service: Performance, Digital and Assets

Full address:

County Hall
Wynnstay Road
LL15 1YN


Tîm prosiect newid hinsawdd / Climate change project team

Contact numbers:

Phone:01824 706000