Visitor facilities at Penybedd woodland near Llanelli have been upgraded to provide a better experience for visitors.
Penybedd is a small conifer woodland near the village of Pembrey, managed by Forestry Commission Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Together with its better known neighbour, Pembrey Forest, it makes up one of Britain's unusual sand dune forests. They are home to rare botanical species, numerous species of butterfly, many migrant songbirds as well as birds of prey including sparrowhawk and goshawk.
The renovation work at Penybedd carried out by Forestry Commission Wales includes landscaping the picnic area and tarmacing the car park and access road surfaces.
Access by visitors to the woodland has been made easier by the installation of an all-ability gate that is suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs.
Penybedd also offers open access for horses and a new horse step-over has been created to help riders enter the woodland.
Jonathan Price, Community Ranger, Forestry Commission Wales, said, "Many local people visit Penybedd to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities such as rambling, dog walking, horse riding and picnics.
"The car park is the starting point for most visitors here and, thanks to the recent improvements we have carried out, it is now an even better base for getting out into these woodlands."
Visitors to Pembrey Country Park, which is owned and managed by Carmarthenshire County Council, pass the Penybedd entrance on their way in and out of the park.
Neil Perry, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Countryside Facilities Manager, said, "We are delighted that Forestry Commission Wales has upgraded the visitor facilities at Penybedd.
"The work has improved the aesthetic quality of the gateway to Pembrey Country Park and we aim to work closely with Forestry Commission Wales to continuously develop this area to benefit all users."
The work at Penybedd was carried out for Forestry Commission Wales by a local contractor.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Forestry Commission Wales
About 14% of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to the private sector and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.
Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
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