Visitor facilities at Briton Ferry woodland near Neath have been upgraded and now offer a warmer welcome to visitors.
Managed by Forestry Commission Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, this 300 hectare woodland can be clearly seen from the neighbouring communities of Briton Ferry and Baglan as well as from the M4.
Made up of mixed species of deciduous trees, the woodland sits on the broad hillsides that overlook the Neath estuary and offers wonderful views towards the coastline of Port Talbot and Swansea from its highest points.
Both the car park and access road have been tarmaced and drainage in the woodland itself has been improved to prevent the car park and tracks becoming too wet, as has happened during bad weather in the past.
Jonathan Price, Community Ranger, Forestry Commission Wales, said, "Many local people visit Briton Ferry woodland 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 this woodland."
The work at Briton Ferry woodland was carried out for Forestry Commission Wales by a local contractor.
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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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