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With its fascinating historical features, enchanting scenery and strong links to the end of the last major ice age, it’s easy to see why Parkwood on Gower is so popular with tourists.
Now, Forestry Commission Wales has stepped in to ensure a smoother passage into this environmental jewel after the Welsh Government woodland became the victim of its own alluring beauty.
The road allowing access to the site of special scientific interest (SSSI) was showing signs of serious wear and tear, with badly pot-holed areas testifying to Parkwood’s popularity.
Working with local contractors Jim Davies Civil Engineering, Forestry Commission Wales re-tarmaced long sections of the road, improved the drainage and linked the road up with a local authority-maintained section of highway to improve access.
It also installed better passing places and speed bumps to control the traffic, making the journey in to the 120 hectare mainly broadleaf woodland more pleasant.
Community Ranger Jonathan Price said, “Parkwood is a lovely place to visit, whether it’s to look at the numerous historical features including burial sites and ancient lime kilns or just to walk in a wooded valley that has lovely native woodland.
“The woods and car park are very busy with locals and tourists but, with the improved access road, a visit to this wonderful place will be a much more enjoyable experience.”
As well as a prehistoric burial site, Parkwood is also of special geological interest because of the dry river valley known as Green Cwm, the best example of a karstic (limestone) landscape on Gower.
It has many caves associated with this landscape, most notably a cave called Cathole which contains an exceptional combination of evidence that has enabled a better understanding of the period towards the end of the last major ice age.
The improved road also provides access to a Scouts campsite on a leased area within the wood, along with Parc le Breos accommodation and riding centre.
Caption: Popular Parkwood, where the access road has been improved.
NOTES TO EDITORS
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.
For more information on Parkwood, contact Community Ranger Jonathan Price on 0300 068 0213, mobile 07789 922748, email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email email@example.com