Leaflet sheds light on new-look woodland trail

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28 MARCH 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15371

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A new leaflet is available for visitors to Pembrey forest to coincide with the re-opening of the Pines Trail following essential management work.

The trail was closed for three months while Forestry Commission Wales thinned out some of the trees in parts of the 1,000 hectare forest to improve the habitat for the wildlife and rare woodland flowers.

The new trail leaflet explains the history of the forest and gives visitors useful information on the trail and what they can see if they walk along it.

Pembrey is one of Britain’s sand dune forests, woodland that is unusual and has become an object of great interest to naturalists.

Forestry Commission Wales Community Ranger Jonathan Price said, “The Pines Trail is a breathtaking walk of about five to six miles where you can witness sand dunes, sea views, butterflies and wildflowers.

“The forest is home to many rare botanical species such as bee orchids and evening primrose, 31 species of butterfly, many migrant songbirds as well as birds of prey which include sparrowhawk and goshawk.”

The new leaflet is available around the Pembrey and Pembrey Country Park Visitor centre areas.

Caption: The Pines Trail, which has a new leaflet to enhance visitors’ enjoyment.


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 Pembrey forest, contact Jonathan Price on 0300 0680213, mobile 07789 922748, email

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

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Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email