Caerphilly larch felling operations

Closes 31 Dec 2023

Opened 10 May 2021

Overview

Extensive felling operations will start in three woodlands across Caerphilly this year to remove larch trees which are infected with Phytophthora ramorum (larch disease).

Next month, work is due to start to remove approximately 23 hectares of diseased larch in woodlands in Llanbradach and 22 hectares of larch in woodlands at West End, near Cross Keys.

Later in the autumn, work will also begin in woodlands in known as ‘The Wyllie’, near Wattsville, where approximately 57 hectares of larch will be removed.

Map showing affected areas in Llanbradach

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Map showing affected areas in West End 

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Map showing affected areas in The Wyllie

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The operations are likely to continue until February 2022 in Llanbradach and West End, and until December 2023 in the Wyllie.

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 we are consulting

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’d like to sign up to our newsletter for regular updates about the work please email SEForest.operations@naturalresources.wales

We will be running virtual appointments via Microsoft Teams on the 25th and 26th May for anyone who wishes to find out more about the upcoming felling operations and speak directly with the teams from NRW who are involved.

  • 25th May 2021 – appointments available between 13:00-16:30
  • 26th May 2021 – appointment available between 16:00-19:30

To book an appointment please email SEForest.operations@naturalresources.wales

 

Areas

  • Crosskeys
  • Llanbradach
  • West End
  • Ynysddu

Audiences

  • Management

Interests

  • Forest Management