Public help buy neglected Welsh wood for restoration

The Woodland Trust has managed to buy a "degraded" woodland in the hills of central Wales thanks to a successful public fundraising drive to help raise the £350,000 asking price.

Image: Nigel Brown (CC-BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Nigel Brown (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

The 142-hectare Cefn Coch in west Powys has now been let to Wales Wild Land Foundation, which will lead the project to bring the wood back to a more natural state for the benefit of wildlife.

The Woodland Trust describes Cefn Coch as "currently neglected, ecologically degraded, and has not been grazed for some years".

"We plan to use natural processes to recreate and restore the landscape into an open woodland with a mosaic of different habitats," its communications officer for Wales Rory Francis said. "The aim in the long term is attract back iconic species like the pine matern, red squirrel and water vole."

Restoration will be kick-started by planting 5,000 native trees, birch, rowan, willow, alder, Scots pine, hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn..

TV naturalist Iolo Williams said: I look forward to seeing the reserve develop into a habitat for some of the most iconic creatures we have in Wales."

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