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.
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.
Entrance to Blaen Bran Community Woodland, through the gate for tree collection of MyTreeOurForest from the hub 50 M on left to the parking area.
Available from Blaen Bran Community Woodland Group (Upper Cwmbran, Cwmbran NP44 5AQ), the hub will be open for people to collect their tree every Tuesday, Thursday and some Saturdays until 31st March, from 10am-1pm.