‘Re-cycled’ forest scoops gold award

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A woodland which was recently felled to provide timber for the forestry industry has won an award for the way in which it has been carefully re-planted with trees for a future generation.

The new trees planted at Wentwood Forest, near Chepstow, by Forestry Commission Wales in 2009 have established very quickly and weed control measures have been kept to a minimum.

The Commission’s Wales Silvicultural Operations (WSO) team planted over 10,000 Douglas fir which were supplemented by naturally regenerating Noble fir and broadleaves such as silver birch, rowan, oak and ash.

Steve Mather, WSO Area Operations Manager, said, “Re-stocking represents an important aspect of sustainable forest management which includes an ongoing cycle of growing trees and harvesting them for the many wood products they provide.

“The standard of ground prep used, combined with site-suitable stock, made for good quality trees that have put on excellent growth with minimum interference.

“I’m delighted that the work of the team based in Llandovery has been recognised.”

Steve said he hoped the recently clearfelled four hectare site would provide a range of environmental benefits, both now and in the future.

The WSO team’s efforts were recognised at the Royal Welsh Show, where it won the gold medal for the best wood of new or restocked planting containing over 60% conifers under 10 years old.


A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

For more information on the work of the Wales Silvicultural Operations team, contact Steve Mather on 0300 068 0270, mobile 07771 666838.

Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email