Information page on forest operations in Fforest Fawr - January 2024

Closes 30 Apr 2024

Opened 12 Jan 2024


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We’re starting forest operations work on 15 January to thin an area of Fforest Fawr near Tongwynlais, on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The work to thin and harvest the larch trees that are infected with Phytophthora Ramorum, commonly known as larch disease, will continue for about three months. The trees are under a Statutory Plant Health Notice to manage the spread of the disease.

We will be using horses to pull timber from felling areas without the need for large machines, to minimise damage to the ground and other plants.

While the Fforest Fawr car park will remain open, we ask visitors to the woodland to adhere to any safety signs or diversions, and to keep dogs on leads in and around the work area.

Walking trail closures

For public safety, we will need to close one walking trail and place diversions on another.

  • Burges’ Way (YELLOW) which starts and ends at Castell Coch car park (managed by Cadw) needs to be closed as it passes close to the operations area.

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  • Sir Henry's Trail (RED), which starts at either the NRW forest car park or Castell Coch, will have a diversion in place if following it from the forest car park, but will be closed if accessing it from the Castell Coch car park.

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