Ffestiniog Forest Resource Plan

Closes 3 Jun 2021

Opened 5 May 2021

Overview

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.

The Ffestiniog Forest Resource Plan (FRP) includes the main forest blocks of Hafod Fawr, Coed Pengwern and Rhyd -Y-Sarn. These woodlands collectively have a total area of 495 ha and have a mixture of conifer and broadleaved tree species.

The forest blocks are situated within the County Council boundary of Gwynedd and in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park near the village of Ffestiniog. Hafod Fawr is located to the south-east of Ffestiniog and the Coed Pengwern and Rhyd -Y-Sarn blocks to the north-west of Ffestiniog on either side of the A496.

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Below is a link to the Draft Plan and a Summary of the Objectives:

Ffestiniog Forest Resource Plan

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Long Term Primary Objectives Map

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Forest Management Systems Map

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Indicative Forest Types Map

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Summary of the main changes that will occur in the forest:

  • Removal of larch and diversify the forest species composition to increase resilience to pests and diseases whilst building a robust forest for future generations.
  • Increase structural diversity through the introduction of long term retention and Continuous Cover Forestry.
  • Continue to maintain a sustainable supply of timber production through the design of felling and restock species choice.
  • Increased successional /riparian woodland areas for the improvement of habitat resilience and landscape scale habitat linkages.
  • Identify and protect important environmental and heritage features.
  • Enhance the visitor experience by the maintenance of existing public access and taking opportunities to break up the forests’ conifer edges over time.

Why we are consulting

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

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Fly-fishing
  • Cockles
  • Flooding
  • Llifogydd
  • Community Volunteers
  • Gwirfoddolwyr Cymunedol
  • Management
  • English

Interests

  • Forest Management
  • Rheoli Coedwig