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A visit to Fforest Fawr on the outskirts of Cardiff is now a more pleasant experience for the car, as well as the body and soul.

Forestry Commission Wales, which manages the woodland next to Castell Coch on behalf of the Welsh Government, has transformed the car park from a stony, potholed terrain into a smooth tarmaced area complete with parking bays.

The car park has also been landscaped to create a more open and welcoming space with stone seating areas for picnicking.

Just minutes from the capital city, Fforest Fawr is an ancient woodland with mainly beech and Japanese larch and features a sculpture trail for children to follow.

Forest Ranger Emma Louise Felkin said, “The woodland is the ideal place to escape from the stresses of everyday life and, at this time of year, the area is covered with bluebells and wild garlic.

“We hope the improvements to the car park will be good for the health of visitors’ cars, in the same way as a stroll in the woods themselves can help people to feel better about things.”


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

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