At the start of 2020, before the pandemic and its ensuing chaos hit, Gliffaes committed to donating a £1 for every room night sold to local tree-planting charity, Stump Up for Trees. This meant if you stayed 3 nights we would give £3. In a normal year this would have raised well over £5000. In addition to this, we added an optional £1.50 to everyone’s bill on checking-out, so that our guests could give something back to this beautiful area they hopefully enjoyed. We have called this project, ‘Room for Trees’ and hope to roll it out to other hospitality venues across the Brecon Beacons when life begins again.
Although we were only open for about 110 days in 2020 and albeit at a much-reduced level between the hotel and our guests we raised over £2800 pounds which has now been given over to the charity to help with tree planting within the Brecon Beacons as soon as restrictions are lifted. At a cost of around £4.50 to source, plant and care for 12 years per tree this amounts to over 600 trees going into the ground.
This is exciting times for tree planting in Wales. So may local people have expressed a keen interest to help Stump up for Trees in whatever they can. Landowners are coming forward to offer land for tree planting and businesses and individuals are helping out with donations large and small. With the Welsh government so far behind in its tree-planting targets it is up to us to cut through the red tape and get trees into the ground.