Caerphilly larch felling operations

Closes 31 Dec 2023

Opened 10 May 2021

Overview

We need to undertake extensive felling operations in three woodlands across Caerphilly to remove larch trees which are infected with Phytophthora ramorum (more commonly known as larch disease).

Update 12/04/2022

Westend South 

Work has now begun to remove 22 hectares of larch in woodlands at West End near Cross Keys. The work will take approximately 9 months. 

To reduce disturbance to breeding birds, our ecologist has thoroughly surveyed the area for any bird nests. Any nests that are found, will have an exclusion zone around them, and our contractors will work around the area until the birds have finished breeding and vacated the nest.

We also check historical records to assess if protected species are known to have nested in that area previously.

Work has currently started in the south (marked area 1 on the Westend Work areas map below) where no nesting birds have been found. We will continue to monitor for nesting birds throughout the season.

 Llanbradach

Work to remove approximately 23 hectares of diseased larch in woodlands at Llanbradach has currently been paused to allow nesting birds to finish breeding and safely vacate the area.

Unfortunately, the woodland will temporarily remain closed in order to ensure peoples safety as parts of the site remain unsafe.  Reinstatement work to the Public Rights of Way and fencing around the quarry area have been deemed too intrusive to the nesting birds at this sensitive time in the breeding season.

We will be continually monitoring the situation to ensure the work goes ahead once the birds have left the site.

We will keep you informed which section of the woodland will be re-opened as early as possible via this page and our social media channels.

The Wylie

Update 30 /06 /2022

Our contractors have now paused felling operations in area 1 and 2 as shown on the map below

Work is taking place in area 5 below the forest road which can be viewed on the map below.

Work has now been completed across the bottom of the SE area and will move in a North Westerly direction

Map showing affected areas in West End 

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Map showing affected areas in Llanbradach

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Map showing affected areas in The Wyllie

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Please note the colours on the map signify the areas of the coupe where will work take place within the woodland

Forest access

It is likely that we will have to close off public access to some areas of forestry while the work takes place. Live harvesting sites are incredibly dangerous, and this is necessary to protect the safety of our staff, our contractors and visitors to the woodland.

Please adhere to closures and diversion notices when they are in place.

Timber haulage

Haulage vehicles will need to regularly access the woodlands to remove harvested timber from the site. For sites which are close to communities, there will be a maximum of eight lorry-loads a day. In built up areas there will also be a further restriction on this activity to hours outside early mornings and evening rush hours.

View the haulage route for Llanbradach

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View the haulage routes for West End and the Wyllie

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Replanting

Once all the diseased larch has been removed, we plan to replant trees in the affected areas. This will include a diverse mix of species to help ensure our woodlands are more resilient to pests and disease in the future.

Map showing plans to restock in Llanbradach woodlands

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Map showing plans to restock in West End woodlands

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Map showing plans to restock in the Wyllie woodlands

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Read our frequently asked questions about our felling operations.

Why your views matter

As we prepare to undertake this essential operation, we want to make sure people are aware of the planned work, understand why it’s happening and how it might impact them.

More information  

We will provide regular updates on this page about the work as the operations progress.  

Read our frequently asked questions about our felling operations.

If you have any queries please contact SEForest.operations@naturalresources.wales

 

Areas

  • Crosskeys
  • Llanbradach
  • West End
  • Ynysddu

Audiences

  • Management

Interests

  • Forest Management