A charity has demonstrated its commitment to tackling climate change with almost 10,000 trees planted in its anniversary woodland in the Brecon Beacons.

There is now a final push to meet the milestone figure before Christmas to mark the u3a’s 40th year.

U3a enables members to learn new things, laugh with friends and live life to the full for, on average, less than £20 per year. The only requirement is that members are no longer in full-time employment.

As the planting season is now in full swing, arborists are hard at work at the site planting out the thousands of trees bought by members.

8,000 broadleaf specimens have already been planted and they are also busy protecting the trees planted last year – which are now between 30cm and 60cm tall – which endured an exceptionally hot, dry summer.

U3a member Neil Stephenson is looking after the anniversary woodland project.

He said: “I have been amazed at the response from members to our anniversary woodland campaign.

“Our original target of 5,000 trees was surpassed very quickly so we had to revise that target upwards to 10,000. We’re now so close to reaching our goal and we’d love to do that by Christmas.

“The enthusiasm for our anniversary woodland clearly shows our members’ commitment to tackling climate change and their investment in the sustainable future of our planet.’

Robert Penn is from Stump Up for Trees and is managing the project on behalf of u3a. He said, once established, the trees will deliver a host of ecosystem services.

He said: “That includes carbon sequestration (capturing, removal and storage of carbon dioxide), improved habitat for nature, natural flood management, good connectivity for wildlife between existing small pockets of ancient woodland, better soil and water quality and aesthetic value in the landscape.”

You do not have to be a member to buy a tree – friends of u3a are also very welcome to buy trees. Groups can also buy a 100-tree copse – which will have a specially-dedicated plaque made by a local artisan.

To find out more, visit www.u3a.org.uk