Natural Resources Wales is inviting people who live near or enjoy Cwmcarn forest to find out more about the major tree felling operation at the site which began in May. A drop in session will be held at Cwmcarn Visitor Centre, on Sunday, 5th July, from 10:00am – 2:00pm where their staff will be on hand to answer any questions on the work that is currently taking place and future plans for the forest.
Up to 150,000 trees in the forest are being felled as part of a nationwide strategy to slow the spread of Phytophthora Ramorum, a highly infectious and untreatable fungus-like disease which is attacking larch trees.
As part of the operations, Forest Drive, a seven mile road through Cwmcarn Forest closed last year to allow felling teams to safely prepare, fell and remove the affected larch trees from over 162 hectares (400 acres) of infected forestry.
Despite this extensive felling work, the Visitor Centre, run by Caerphilly County Borough Council, and all other facilities at the site will remain open.
Andy Schofield, Regional Land Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said:
“We have arranged this drop in session as we understand that many people are concerned about our felling operations and future plans for the Cwmcarn Forest and the Forest Drive road.
“We know Cwmcarn Forest and the Forest Drive road has a special place in the hearts of local people and visitors so we’re already working on a plan to replace the fallen trees with a range of resilient, native broad-leaf woodland trees, as well as more commercial timber producing trees, such as spruce.
“We have also started to explore options for the future of the Forest Drive road, including looking at possible funding or partnership opportunities to reopen or partially reopen the existing road. We are keen to explain the work we’ve done on this and hear views from local residents and visitors to Cwmcarn forest.
“We want to reassure people that our long term aim for this forest is to restore and improve the area so it can remain a fantastic attraction and continue to play an important role for the people and the economy in the area.”
If people cannot make the drop-in session, they can send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The answers will be posted on the Natural Resources Wales website.