Tree Felling at Fforest Fawr

Nov 29, 2017 | Articles, Assembly Business, Assembly Issues | 0 comments

Plenary Wednesday 20 September 2017

14:35
Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

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What discussions has the Cabinet Secretary had with Natural Resources Wales about the tree felling programme at Fforest Fawr in Tongwynlais? OAQ51376

Hannah Blythyn AM

Hannah Blythyn AM

Title: Minister for Environment Party: Welsh Labour

Responsibility for the Welsh Government woodland estate rests with Natural Resources Wales. I’m aware that larch trees infected by phytophthora ramorum are being felled at Fforest Fawr and Natural Resources Wales is managing this essential work. P.ramorum is the most serious tree disease problem to have affected forests in Wales.

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Thanks, Minister, for your response. Fforest Fawr is a well-used local walking area next to Castell Coch. Many locals are worried that NRW doesn’t have any plan to replant the area following the culling. There is a campaign, which has been launched, calling for a replanting programme. Could I ask you to consult with NRW to ascertain what more might be done about the replanting?

Hannah Blythyn AM

Hannah Blythyn AM

Title: Minister for Environment Party: Welsh Labour

Thank you for your question. I’m aware that there is a campaign and that a petition has been launched. Natural Resources Wales are monitoring the situation and trying to go for the best option, which is natural regeneration. But, if this doesn’t happen, they will look at other ways of restocking the tree population at Fforest Fawr.