Woodlands have been essential to people for thousands of years. They are used for timber, fuel and shelter, and more recently for public recreation as well. We know woodlands play an important functional role in securing carbon, purifying the air we breathe and also helping prevent flooding.
Historically much of the woodland in Wales has been lost. That which remains may have suffered through both lack of management or wholesale removal of trees. In addition, the planting of and or colonisation of non-native trees may have reduced the native wildlife that woodlands can support.
Our area is now among the least wooded in the UK, which as a country is one of the least wooded in Europe. This makes our remaining ancient and young urban woodlands precious and important within the landscape.
We’re committed to maintaining and enhancing the woodlands under our management, and where appropriate restoring those woodlands.
Maintaining Walking Paths & Trails
As part of our management plan, we aim to create safe walking paths and routes for everyone to enjoy; from avid dog walkers to cyclists. It is our aim to ensure that overgrowth of trees and foliage is maintained regularly to ensure safe and clear passage through Sirhowy Hill Woodlands.
By donating to this project, you ensure that we have the required tools and resources to regularly maintain existing walk paths and to create new walking paths to enable new view points for our visitors to enjoy.