Filming for the third series of the BBC TV show, Merlin, took place in Llanwonno woodland, near Ynysybwl, Rhondda Cynon Taf this summer where the dramatic landscape provided the perfect backdrop.
Forestry Commission Wales has recently harvested trees at the site chosen for filming by the production company, Shine Television, and the ground has been broken up ready for replanting.
The after-effects of the forestry operations and a fire at the site have left a dramatic and wild-looking landscape, which made the ideal setting for the fantasy TV show.
The production company dug out an area in the woodland and then filled it with natural material and water to make a small bog that played a part in Arthur and Merlin’s adventure. After filming, the area was returned to its previous state ready for planting with young trees.
Shine Television’s Location Manager Midge Ferguson said, "We had a great day filming in Llanwonno woodland and we would like to thank everyone at Forestry Commission Wales for helping us.
"The weather was perfect, the location looked dramatic and the work everyone had done to set it up and make it all run so smoothly really paid off."
Forestry Commission Wales’s Community Ranger Karen Clarke said, "I’m a fan of the show so it’s been exciting to be involved in helping to set the scene and to see Prince Arthur in one of the woods I work in!
"As this site is awaiting replanting, most people wouldn’t be very interested in it but it’s been perfect for filming these scenes and just goes to show that even woodlands that are in transition can provide wonderful opportunities for creative activities."
The third series of Merlin will be broadcast on 11 September at 7.25pm.
Forestry Commission Wales
About 14 per cent 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 other woodland owners 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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