Heads of the Valleys Forest Resource Plan Consultation

Closes 16 Dec 2022

Opened 7 Nov 2022

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, which set out the long-term vision for these woodlands and are the basis for 25-year silvicultural programmes of work (management of the trees) that set out to deliver this vision.

The Heads of the Valleys Forest Resource Plan includes 21 woodlands in Caerphilly, Torfaen, and Bleanau Gwent, covering approximately 1445 hectares. The setting for the majority of the woodlands is mostly steep valley sides, unimproved grassland, and urban communities along the valley bottoms close to the woodlands. A large proportion of the woodlands are Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) or Ancient Semi Natural Woodlands (ASNW). The woods are well used by the local community for informal recreation.

Below is a link to the summary of objectives for the plan:

Heads of the Valleys Forest Resource Plan Summary of Objectives

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Overview of Forest Resource Plan Forests

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Map 1 - Long Term Primary Management Objectives

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Map 2 - Forest Management Systems

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Map 3 – Indicative Forest Types and Habitats

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

  • More broadleaves along river corridors and valley sides
  • Restoration of Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites
  • Diversification of tree species

Why your views matter

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

Give us your views

Areas

  • Abertillery
  • Beaufort
  • Brynmawr
  • Ebbw Vale North
  • Ebbw Vale South

Audiences

  • Management
  • English
  • DCWW

Interests

  • Forest Management