Children’s high-wire fun in Cwmcarn

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30 MARCH 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13429

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A new zip-wire especially designed for children has opened in the play area at Cwmcarn Forest Drive, near Newport.

Aimed at 7-12 year-olds, the 23 metre long zip-wire offers an exhilarating ride for participants as they whizz from the top to the bottom of the inclined cableway.

As well as the children’s play area, the Cwmcarn Forest Drive has a wooden sculpture trail, seven themed picnic sites and BBQ spots. There are also walking trails, a fishing lake and an exhilarating single-track mountain bike trail. Cwmcarn is the only forest drive in Wales and its seven miles pass through beautiful woodlands with breathtaking views.

Forestry Commission Wales’s Forest Ranger Emma Louise Felkin, said, "Woodlands like Cwmcarn provide a rich resource for recreation and a great place for a family day out.

"The new children’s zip-wire improves the existing play facilities at Cwmcarn and I am sure it will be great fun for our younger visitors.

"I hope it will attract more families along to the forest drive."

The zip-wire was supplied by Taylor-Made Play, a specialist play equipment manufacturer based in Cornwall.

Lesley Knight, Taylor-Made Play’s Area Sales Manager, said, "We were thrilled to supply this new zip-wire which has been installed in such a beautiful setting.

"The play area at Cwmcarn is an unusual and interesting space with fantastic views, and provides a lovely natural setting for play. If only all play areas had such great locations!"

Cwmcarn Forest Drive is sign-posted from the M4. For more information, including opening times and admission charges, see


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

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