Contractor helps give Welsh mine site a woodland makeover

Landscape contractor Ground Control has helped create a new 30-hectare community woodland on the site of an abandoned coal mine in south Wales, working with working with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Ford Motor Company.

Image: Ground Control
Image: Ground Control

For the the former Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washery site, Ground Control supplied and sorted 60,000 trees of a variety of species including broad leaf, ornamental and fruit trees, as well as marking colour-coordinated canes to assist planting. It then worked with community members and seven local schools to plant the trees last month.

Ground Control construction manager Mark Stokes said: "The involvement from the community is astounding; a true excitement to bring the land to life. We are delighted to be a part of it."

Ford has 300 employees living in and around the Llynfi Valley, and has committed to the project over the next 10 years financially and through volunteering days.

The Llynfi Valley Community Woodland has been renamed Coetir Ysbryd y Llynfi, or The Spirit of Llynfi Woodland, a name chosen by local representatives and schoolchildren.

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