Lower Taff Valley Forest Resource Plan Consultation

Closed 14 Nov 2022

Opened 17 Oct 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 Lower Taff and the Vale Forest Resource Plan is made up of 12 woodlands in Rhondda Cynon Taff, the Vale of Glamorgan, and Cardiff, covering approximately 877 hectares. The setting for of the majority of the woodlands is mostly improved agricultural grassland, native broadleaved woodland, and urban centres. The majority of woodlands are Plantations on ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) or Ancient Semi Natural Woodlands (ASNW), although Hensol and Llantrisant only have small areas of this type of woodland. The woods are also well used by the local community for informal recreation.

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

Lower Taff and The Vale Forest Resource Plan Summary of Objectives

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Maps

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 Lower Taff and The Vale so it can help us improve the long-term management of the forest.

What happens next

A summary of the consultation responses and outcomes will be available on this website 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.

Areas

  • Cowbridge
  • Creigiau/St. Fagans
  • Dinas Powys
  • Llantrisant Town
  • Peterston-super-Ely
  • Taffs Well
  • Talbot Green
  • Wenvoe
  • Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

Audiences

  • Management
  • English
  • DCWW

Interests

  • Forest Management