Welshpool residents asked feedback on plan to strengthen local forest and environment

Breidden Forest

People in the Welshpool area are being asked to give their views on a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) plan to manage local forestry.

The plan would see ancient woodland restored to large parts of Breidden Forest and the creation of new woodland corridors to allow native species to spread across the area. A sustainable supply of timber production is also a main objective in the plan.

The consultation covers a 253-hectare area of forest which includes the majority of Breidden Forest.

NRW - which manages the Welsh Government Woodland Estate - is holding a public consultation to provide residents with the opportunity to influence the future management of the forest for the next 10 years and beyond.

Glyn Fletcher, Senior Land Manager for NRW said:
"A well planned and managed forest makes sure that everyone and everything benefits.
“By striking the right balance we can ensure that local biodiversity and the environment can benefit while we also create beautiful places to visit and productive places to produce sustainable timber.
“We want people who live in the Welshpool and Breidden Forest area look at our plan and to give us their views on it. The plan is not confirmed, and we may make changes based on feedback.”

The plans can be read and responded to by visiting NRW’s consultation website on: https://bit.ly/WelshpoolFRP.

Alternatively, residents can call 0300 065 3000 and ask to speak with one of the Senior Land Management Officers responsible for the consultation. From there they will be able to send out hard copies of the documents on request.

Residents who want to send feedback by post can send it to: Natural Resources Wales, Llanfair Road, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0AL.

All feedback and questions will need to be returned by 20 November 2022 at the latest.