New seats help woodland visitors to enjoy the views

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16 MARCH 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15364

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Stone seating areas have been installed at a local beauty spot near Talbot Green so that visitors can take a break to enjoy the views around them.

Forestry Commission Wales installed the stone seats so that walkers can pause as they stroll along the trails that have been opened up in Coed Trecastell over the past few years.

Woodland wildflowers have thrived in the Welsh Government woodland as the Commission improved the habitat, and members of the public identified a need for seating along the longer linear tracks so that they could appreciate the scenery.

Forestry Commission Wales Community Ranger Mike James said, “Over the past few years we have opened up a linear walking route to allow access to a peaceful spot and restored a circular route.

“In all, there are now about three kilometres of trails in the woodland, and people asked us to install seating along the longer stretches where they could sit and enjoy the woodland atmosphere.”

The Commission installed three blockstone seats from locally-sourced pennant sandstone, as these were considered less prone to vandalism and decay than wooden benches.

Mike said, “We wanted to offer a number of comfortable spots where people can relax and take a short break from an invigorating walk for years to come.”

Llanharan resident Gillian Roberts, who regularly goes running in Coed Trecastell, said the seats were a welcome addition to the woodland.

"For anyone who has promised to exercise more and get some fresh air, Coed Trecastell is an excellent place to start.

“Now the trails have been opened up, it’s such a beautiful place to go to get fit and clear your mind. The new seats give even those who just want to take it easy somewhere to relax and enjoy."

Forestry Commission Wales has also developed three Forest School sites in the woodland and it’s hoped these will be used by schoolchildren from the Rhonnda Cynon Taff and Bridgend areas.

Caption: Graham Hopkins enjoys a breather and takes in the view in Coed Trecastell.


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 recreation in Coed Trecastell, contact Mike James on 0300 068 0225, mobile 07825 843253, email

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

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