Work to start on forest recreation plan

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Work will start later this month on an exciting project to transform Newborough forest into a major outdoor destination that could provide a vital economic boost to Anglesey.

Contractors will move into the area on October 22 to begin constructing new walking, cycling and horse riding routes as the Newborough Recreation Development plan gets under way.

Car park safety and capacity will also be improved as part of the plan, a boardwalk and viewing platform will be built across the sand dunes, an information point, picnic and BBQ areas created, along with opportunities for catering, bike hire and pony trekking business concessions.

The work will continue through the autumn and winter and will be completed in time for a major launch for the Easter holidays in 2013.

During this time, there will be changes to the access routes into the forest because the toll entrance will be closed along with the beach, Cwnhingar and residents’ car parks, to enable the work to be completed quickly and safely.

Project Manager Simon Phillips said, “Construction traffic will travel down the main forest road opposite the Llyn Parc Mawr entrance, so please be extra careful when walking or riding near this road as there will be more traffic than usual.”

The car parks at Llyn Parc Mawr, Malltraeth and Llyn Rhos Ddu will remain open as usual, as will the majority of the site including most of the forest trails.

Forestry Commission Wales, which manages the forest on behalf of the Welsh Government, hopes to open the whole site again for the Christmas holidays but will need to close the site again afterwards.

Simon said, “We aim to be finished and open for access some time in February, with a grand re-opening planned for the Easter holidays 2013.

“Forestry Commission Wales would like to thank visitors in advance for their patience and support and we look forward to a busy and exciting few months ahead.”


The work is part of the Newborough Recreation Development Project led by Forestry Commission Wales which is a component element of Communities and Nature (CAN). CAN is a strategic project led and managed by Countryside Council for Wales and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The Newborough Recreation Development Project is also part funded by the Welsh Government Department for Environment, Sustainability and Housing - Sustainable Futures, Mon a Menai Regeneration area.

For more information on the Newborough Recreation Development project, contact Project Manager Simon Phillips on 0300 068 0300, mobile 078767 40397, email

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.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

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