Crychan Forest Resource Plan

Closes 20 May 2021

Opened 22 Apr 2021


Natural Resources Wales is responsible for the sustainable management of the publicly owned woodlands and forests of Wales. They are managed for the benefit and well-being of the people who visit them and depend on them for their livelihood. This responsibility includes improving their biodiversity and long-term resilience to climate change so that future generations will also be able to enjoy the benefits they provide. Every ten years Natural Resources Wales reviews the long-term management plans for each forest area. These are compiled in a new Forest Resource Plan.

Crychan Forest Resource Plan covers a large area of forest to the north east of Llandovery. It is mainly made up of productive conifer crops with wide broadleaved riparian woodland beginning to be developed in the west of the forest.  

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This document helps to explain some of the categories shown on the maps below:

Explanation of map keys                                           


Opportunities within Crychan forest 

Timber Production

Continue to maintain a sustainable supply of timber production and maximise productive areas through restocking choices and forest management strategies.

Species Diversity

Continue to improve resilience of woodland by diversifying restock species where suitable soil conditions are present in order to protect against pests and disease and to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Opportunity exists where Statutory Plant Health Notice (SPHN) larch felling has been completed.  

PAWS Restoration

Continue with restoration of Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) to semi-natural woodland state by using broadleaf planting and LISS management in highlighted areas of medium to high restoration potential, whilst supporting the diversification of age class and structure of the forest. Continue to improve habitat connectivity of ancient semi-natural woodland through this process.

Protection of SAC and SSSI features

Extend and develop a riparian woodland network to benefit water quality and quantity to ensure minimal impact from forest operations on the Wye SAC. Develop a maintenance strategy for the Crychan Tracks SSSI.

Protected species

Continue management of the forest to favour dormice where present.

Health & Well Being

Promote access and forest use for locals and visitors for the benefit of mental and physical wellbeing and health in line with the relevant Rights of Way Improvement plans.

Habitat Connectivity

Continue to support habitat linkage and connectivity in suitable areas alongside riparian zones, forest roads and PROW, using appropriate management methods and native species.  This shall be considered from a perspective both within and without of the forest resource (for example connecting hedgerows and ancient woodland remnants).

Heritage Features

Identify heritage feature locations and impact zones in order to avoid damage or concealment.

Deer Control

Implementation of deer management infrastructure to combat rising impact on restocking across Wales.  

Aesthetics & Landscape

Retain forest character within surrounding landscape and consider visual perception for the benefit of visitors and residents.



Why we are consulting

We would like to know your opinion and views on the new plans for Crychan forest so it can help us improve the long-term management of the forest


  • Llandovery
  • Llanwrtyd Wells


  • Management
  • English


  • Forest Management