In line with BBCW’s Larch removal project, notices of public path closures have today been placed at the woodland entrances. We are still waiting for NRW to produce the written permissions for the project to start and should have an update at the beginning of next week.
However, we believe the project will probably begin in January.
FOR NOW, ALL PATHS REMAIN OPEN FOR USE.
If you are interested in finding out about some of the fungi growing within the woodland come along and join us for a free guided tour.
Celebration of Nature and Trees
A guided walk in Blaen Bran on Thurs 29th Sept as part of Big Green week, meeting in lower car park at 10am.
The walk will be no more than two hours, and participants should wear boots/stout shoes and bring waterproofs in case of showers.
You are invited to the Blaen Bran Community Woodland Annual General Meeting.
To be held on Monday 4th July, 2022 at 7pm,
in the Ebenezer Chapel, Upper Cwmbran.
(31 The Square, Upper Cwmbran, Cwmbran NP44 5AQ)
A significant number of Larch Trees within the woodland are affected by the disease Phytophthora Ramorum. This means that in due course, the trees will die and become unsecure, before finally falling.
Many of these trees are as much as 80 feet high and will present a significant risk to users of the woodlands.
To manage the risk, the Committee has put arrangements in place for the trees to be felled, removed and the ground mulched between July and September, with a replacement planting programme of locally sourced, indigenous broadleaf trees, to preserve the character of the woodland, taking place in November and possibly December.
A smaller number of other trees will be involved in this exercise, but all efforts will be made to minimise the impact.
This means that there will be periods of time, during this exercise, when access to the woodland will be restricted. Notices will be placed around the woodland, detailing the nature of the restrictions.
There will also be Blaen Bran volunteers on site to advise walkers of the restriction in place and of the routes still available, during this period.
We felt it was important for you to be made aware of this work at the earliest opportunity and to reassure you that all efforts will be made to minimise the level of disruption.
As more details emerge, we will provide regular updates on our website and Facebook group.
Tuesday, 29th March, BBCW Volunteers will be planting a selection of native broadleaf trees near the pond.
If you are available and would like to join us, please do.
We will be meeting at our compound at 09.00hrs, before making our way up to the planting area.
The compound can be found on your right as you approach the log circle.
The Conservation Volunteers.
Have donated the following trees to Blaen Bran Community Woodland –
100 Silver Birch,
and 10 Goat Willow.
Plus canes and spiral guards.