Newport / Casnewydd South-East Wales


Although we are not meeting at present you can find out more about our groups by clicking on the relevant title on the 'Groups' page.

Since our last classes were held on 13th March 2020 we have produced a magazine - Desert Island Times - and copies may be accessed by using the links on the right (eg DIT 01 is our first edition of 20th March and so on).

During August only one Desert Island Times has been produced - a Summer Special - which appears as DITSS in the links on the right. This takes the place of our Summer Newsletter and our mid-August Open Event and, as one of the features of this event is a performance by our Choir, two sound files from a recording made in November 2018 are offered free-of-charge to our readers. If you would like these to be emailed to you, please make contact either from our Welcome page or via the Choir page in the Groups section of the website.

If you would like more details regarding any of the activities please use the 'contact' link on the relevant group main page on the website.


The tree planting initiative was established in conjunction with the staff at Newport city council who are responsible for the trees in and around Newport..

They have come up with a few suggestions as to how we should approach the initiative. The initial batch of trees will be planted at the Allt-yr-yn nature reserve. Initially we will be helping towards the restoration of the old orchard. (See the background history of the Allt-yr-yn Nature Reserve).

Any remaining donations will be used to purchase further trees for planting in and around he city.

Tree planting as a climate change solution is an initiative we can all take part in. It is available now, it is the cheapest one possible and, we as individuals, can make a tangible impact by planting more trees. In establishing this tree planting initiative, small as it is in the scheme of things, it is enabling us to do our little bit to reverse the catastrophic impact centuries of deforestation has had on our climate.
“This new quantitative evaluation shows tree restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zürich, who led the research. “What blows my mind is the scale. I thought tree restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.”
Gwyneth Hawkes
Convenor Gardening and Wildlife Group

Tree Planting Initiative: Follow up
The fruit trees ordered as part of of the tree planting initiative were delivered as planned in February. However, because of lockdown rules the planting of the fruit trees in the Alltyryn Nature Reserve went ahead without our help. On the day the Countryside warden and his deputy carried out the task on our behalf.