Diseased trees could close Cwmcarn Forest Drive

Diseased trees could close Cwmcarn Forest Drive

Diseased trees could close Cwmcarn Forest Drive

First published in News

THE future of Cwmcarn Forest Drive is in doubt after it was announced the site will close later this year so trees affected by disease can be felled.

Natural Resources Wales admitted that "no decision has been made about the future" of the seven-mile drive, but that they were "keen to reopen it if feasible".

A spokesman said they were exploring "all possible funding options" to keep it open, adding: "No decision has been made about the future of Forest Drive yet as it will require considerable investment to repair following the felling and haulage operations."

One of Gwent's most popular atractions, the route through Cwmcarn Forest will close in November to carry out large-scale felling of trees affected by the highly infectious and untreatable larch disease.

Work will be carried out across 162 hectares (400 acres) of forestry remove over infected 50,000 tonnes of timber.

Peter Cloke, from Natural Resources Wales, said that closing Forest Drive was "a very difficult" decision to make but was necessary to make sure the work to prevent further spread of this infectious tree disease is carried out safely.

He added that although the drive itself will be closed: "Cwmcarn Forest, the footpaths, mountain bike trails and its visitor centre are still open for business and is a fantastic place to visit for a day out."

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10:35pm Thu 15 May 14

XKeysWatt says...

I hope it doesn't close. It's a lovely place to take the kids and is right on my door step!!!
I hope it doesn't close. It's a lovely place to take the kids and is right on my door step!!! XKeysWatt
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1:40pm Fri 16 May 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Have a look what 50,000 tonnes of larch of worth at the moment, investment after felling shouldn't be a problem unless someone is secretly making a fortune somewhere.

I have been involved with subcontractors doing larch felling for this very purpose and they do it pretty much for free providing they can keep the timber.

Where is this timber destined for?
Have a look what 50,000 tonnes of larch of worth at the moment, investment after felling shouldn't be a problem unless someone is secretly making a fortune somewhere. I have been involved with subcontractors doing larch felling for this very purpose and they do it pretty much for free providing they can keep the timber. Where is this timber destined for? Good Job No Kids
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6:30pm Fri 16 May 14

B J Green says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
Have a look what 50,000 tonnes of larch of worth at the moment, investment after felling shouldn't be a problem unless someone is secretly making a fortune somewhere.

I have been involved with subcontractors doing larch felling for this very purpose and they do it pretty much for free providing they can keep the timber.

Where is this timber destined for?
i was in a local meeting and we were told that some would be reused to make things some might go to power station. Due to the sheer volume of trees the price is bound to drop
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: Have a look what 50,000 tonnes of larch of worth at the moment, investment after felling shouldn't be a problem unless someone is secretly making a fortune somewhere. I have been involved with subcontractors doing larch felling for this very purpose and they do it pretty much for free providing they can keep the timber. Where is this timber destined for?[/p][/quote]i was in a local meeting and we were told that some would be reused to make things some might go to power station. Due to the sheer volume of trees the price is bound to drop B J Green
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