Cwm Rhaeadr Forest open again

Cwm Rhaeadr Forest towards Mynydd Du in the Brecon Beacons

A West Wales forest has been reopened after a two-month-long felling operation was completed.

The work at Cwm Rhaeadr Forest near Llanymddyfri involved thinning 3,000 trees, around five per cent of the forest, where Douglas fir, Norway spruce and sitka spruce were felled and removed.

This has opened up the forest floor, enabling more plants and young trees on the ground to grow, and providing a more diverse habitat for wildlife such as the red kite and other nesting birds.

Brian Hanwell, the local area manager for Natural Resources Wales said: “Cwm Rhaeadr is a beautiful forest, a great habitat for wildlife and a fantastic place for people to visit.

“The harvesting operations have been carried out very sensitively, and the visual impact will soon lessen.

“It is now better for the trees, better for the wildlife and ultimately a better place for the visitors and local people who love to come here.”

Tree thinning work in Cwm Rhaeadr has happened regularly since the trees were first planted in 1947.

It has helped the forest to develop as a fantastic local attraction for people to go walking, as well as the more strenuous mountain bike trail that brings people to the area.

These works will also ensure that the woodland - which has won two gold awards for excellence at the Royal Welsh Show - continues to be managed to the highest standards.

Around 1,200 tonnes (or 60 lorry loads) of timber are being sent to local saw mills for use in construction, fencing, made into chipboard, or as biofuel providing a green boost and jobs for local businesses.

NRW haulage operations will continue for a while so people using the mountain bike trail and footpaths are urged to take care when approaching any working vehicles. They should only pass when the operator has signalled that it is safe to do so.

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