Woodland Creation, Carmarthenshire

Woodland Creation Services - Case Study

Coed Ffoslas is a 50ha site owned by the Woodland Trust located in East Carmarthenshire overlooking Ffoslas race course and the coastline of Carmarthen Bay. It was purchased in 2014 for the creation of the First World War Centenary Wood for Wales. The site is former colliery land and farmland with a network of fields and hedgerows.

In the summer of 2015 HW Forestry was contracted to undertake a preliminary ecological assessment of the site to highlight any areas of conservation note for flora and fauna and to identify key areas for woodland creation that would not damage existing habitats of value.
We were retained as a Woodland Agent Advisor to the Woodland Trust for the development of the project and went on to prepare a Welsh Government funded Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme (GWC) in 2016 to plant 14ha of native woodland. The GWC process required us to consult with several organisations including Natural Resources Wales, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Carmarthenshire County Council and local interest groups. The plan was approved and in 2017 HW Forestry began a programme of planting under the GWC Scheme and other funding programmes secured by the Woodland Trust.

Before planting could start we organised a contract to prepare the land by mounding the poor soil that prevails over much of the site. Alongside other groups invited by the Woodland Trust to participate in planting, HW Forestry worked under contract to plant much of the site. By 2018, 90,000 trees had been established. As well as undertaking planting work we have been involved with ongoing annual maintenance work to reduce weed competition and provide further advice on future ecological projects such as the creation of wetlands for wildlife.

The Woodland Trust also contracted our company to establish an extensive new 31ha native woodland adjacent to the ancient woodland known as Coed y foel near Llandysul in Ceredigion in 2016. This project also involved a preliminary ecological assessment of existing habitats and advice undertaken by our Company Ecologist, on the maintenance of marshy grassland for wildlife. Both sites provide free access for visitors and our operations relating to the establishment of new woodlands have been undertaken to ensure safe public access is maintained throughout.

Woodland Creation, Carmarthenshire

Woodland Creation Services - Case Study

Coed Ffoslas is a 50ha site owned by the Woodland Trust located in East Carmarthenshire overlooking Ffoslas race course and the coastline of Carmarthen Bay. It was purchased in 2014 for the creation of the First World War Centenary Wood for Wales. The site is former colliery land and farmland with a network of fields and hedgerows.

In the summer of 2015 HW Forestry was contracted to undertake a preliminary ecological assessment of the site to highlight any areas of conservation note for flora and fauna and to identify key areas for woodland creation that would not damage existing habitats of value.
We were retained as a Woodland Agent Advisor to the Woodland Trust for the development of the project and went on to prepare a Welsh Government funded Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme (GWC) in 2016 to plant 14ha of native woodland. The GWC process required us to consult with several organisations including Natural Resources Wales, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Carmarthenshire County Council and local interest groups. The plan was approved and in 2017 HW Forestry began a programme of planting under the GWC Scheme and other funding programmes secured by the Woodland Trust.

Before planting could start we organised a contract to prepare the land by mounding the poor soil that prevails over much of the site. Alongside other groups invited by the Woodland Trust to participate in planting, HW Forestry worked under contract to plant much of the site. By 2018, 90,000 trees had been established. As well as undertaking planting work we have been involved with ongoing annual maintenance work to reduce weed competition and provide further advice on future ecological projects such as the creation of wetlands for wildlife.

The Woodland Trust also contracted our company to establish an extensive new 31ha native woodland adjacent to the ancient woodland known as Coed y foel near Llandysul in Ceredigion in 2016. This project also involved a preliminary ecological assessment of existing habitats and advice undertaken by our Company Ecologist, on the maintenance of marshy grassland for wildlife. Both sites provide free access for visitors and our operations relating to the establishment of new woodlands have been undertaken to ensure safe public access is maintained throughout.