Formerly-troubled Welsh community comes together to restore urban woodland

Caia Park is a local government community (the lowest tier of local government) in Wrexham County Borough, Wales. It was created in 1985, and has a population of about 12,000.

The majority of the community area is occupied by the Caia Park (formerly Queen’s Park) public housing development, one of the largest housing estates in Wales. Much of the estate was laid out in the early 1950s to plans by influential town planner and architect Gordon Stephenson.

The concentrated poverty of the area quickly developed a reputation for social problems, and was one of two areas, along with Marseilles, France, studied in this connection by the sociologist Patricia Elton Mayo.

Now, members of the community have come together to help restore a former area of woodland. Children from Gwenfro Primary School joined local residents, Wrexham Council staff, staff from Wynne Construction, and members of Caia Park’s Environmental Group to plant 11 Beech trees (provided by Wrexham Council) on the site at Pentre Gwyn, Caia Park.

Local Councillor for Whitegate, Cllr Brian Cameron said, “I’m delighted that the children have had this opportunity to get involved with restoring their local environment. This is a very popular area of woodland so it is important that we do what we can to support the heritage. I’d like to thank the Council for supplying the trees and for helping the children this morning. It’s been great to see the community coming together to help out and I hope the children have enjoyed the experience.

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