A “hands on” active group of individuals who do much to maintain and improve the natural environment in the Hayscastle area, including bringing together individuals and organisations to help achieve this.
Formed in 1999, following a village appraisal, the Society has evolved into an integral part of the community providing opportunities for those who wish to remain healthy and active and contribute to the community wellbeing besides learning and discovering the local biodiversity. All age groups and abilities are catered for. Prior to 2010 the society worked with the Hayscastle School at their “Green Flag Club”. Following the School closure HES members set up the “Grasshoppers” Club.
Ongoing projects where members participate in include the maintenance of the community flower beds and the Community Woodland, 2 to 4 litter picks each year and the cleaning and monitoring of nest boxes on various sites. Recording the wildlife on 36 x 1km squares in the locality is continuous with records sent into the local Biodiversity Record Centre. Displays and exhibits are also staged at local events and shows and there are regular walks, field trips and surveys throughout the year.
The HES played a large part in the creation of the Community Woodland and takes a lead in its ongoing management and Green Flag Awards. In 2017 it received a “Pride of Pembrokeshire” Award from the Pembrokeshire Public Services Board for its community work.
Indoor meetings, usually with a guest speak, take place on the first Wednesday in February, April, June, October and December in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm. If you are interested in joining the club or you would like further information please contact Dave Baster on 01437 710656.