July 6, 2020
As many of you will already know, our glampsite is nestled amongst three acres of semi-ancient woodland. We regularly have our land assessed by an Arboriculturalist, and this June received the devastating news that quite a significant number of our trees were suffering from Ash Dieback, a problem that seems to be spreading across the whole of the UK, affecting some areas more than others. Signals of the disease include dark patchy leaves that eventually turn black and shed prematurely, twigs with no new growth at all and brittle branches that can snap and fall. Obviously safety is our first priority at Penhein, and, after listening to the expert advice we took the very difficult decision to remove all the Ash trees from our glampsite. This meant the felling of some beautiful mature trees within the glampsite that have stood majestically for many decades.
(Image Credits: Woodland Trust – woodlandtrust.org.uk)
The work has been substantial, and for returning guests it’s worth bearing in mind that the glampsite will look different to previous years, with more open space around the tents. Whilst hugely sad, we’re also feeling hopeful that we can seize this opportunity to create a more diverse woodland at Penhein. The increased light means the land will regenerate quickly and we’ll be planting a whole range of hardwood trees including copper beech, silver birch and oak trees. This will provide a rich habitat for all the birds, insects and wildlife that thrive at Penhein.
We’d love you to be a part of this new phase of planting, and are offering all our guests the opportunity to Plant a Tree at Penhein. For just £15 you can buy a tree with its own numbered tag, and watch it grow every year when you come to stay. To buy a tree and become a part of this exciting new chapter for our great woodland at Penhein, guests can log in to our Online Shop now.