Replanted & restocked woodland wins award

A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands

A woodland which was recently felled to provide timber for the forestry industry has won an award for the way in which it has been carefully re-planted with trees for a future generation.

The new trees planted at Wentwood Forest, near Chepstow, by Forestry Commission Wales in 2009 have established very quickly and weed control measures have been kept to a minimum.

The Commission’s Wales Silvicultural Operations (WSO) team planted over 10,000 Douglas fir which were supplemented by naturally regenerating Noble fir and broadleaves such as silver birch, rowan, oak and ash.

Steve Mather, WSO Area Operations Manager, said, “Re-stocking represents an important aspect of sustainable forest management which includes an ongoing cycle of growing trees and harvesting them for the many wood products they provide.

The WSO team’s efforts were recognised at the Royal Welsh Show, where it won the gold medal for the best wood of new or restocked planting containing over 60% conifers under 10 years old.

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