Pembrokeshire Forest Resource Plan

Location and setting

The Pembrokeshire Forest Resource Plan encompasses 518 hectares of woodland in locations across Pembrokeshire.  The most northerly block is Farthing’s Hook (Velindre), which sits adjacent to the Llys y Fran Reservoir.  At the head of the Eastern Cleddau sit the four Canasten blocks, and to NW is Wiston.  Benton lies the West of the main Cleddau, looking across to Lawrenny.

Most of the woodlands are classified as Plantations on Ancient Woodlands (PAWs) and lie within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.  The woodlands represent a substantial recreational and ecological resource within Pembrokeshire and are intimately associated with the wider landscape.

Summary of objectives 

  • Ensure that access into Toch Wood is facilitated to enable PAWs restoration and the removal of larch infected with Phytophthora ramorum.

  • Continue to improve the status of the AWI woodlands and manage invasive species such as cherry laurel and rhododendron, which pose a threat to the native woodland present.

  • Ensure that forest operations are carried out at times that are sensitive to species present, along with soil and weather conditions.

  • Ensure that bat populations are protected by ensuring that flight paths are retained. Roadside trees in Toch Wood (except larch) must be retained.

  • Continue to carry out thinning interventions to facilitate PAWs restoration and to maintain a supply of timber to the market.

  • Manage the decline of ash infected with Chalara fraxinea:
    1. remove dangerous trees and take the opportunity to harvest timber before it degrades
    2. potentially resistant specimens should be selected and retained
    3. deadwood reserves should be retained in inaccessible areas
  • Maintain communication with stakeholders to inform and reassure on the removal of larch species.
  • Continue to work in partnership with local wildlife groups to monitor species present in these ecologically rich woodlands.
  • Continue to facilitate events in the forest.
  • Maintain forest roads and promoted trails, including verge management to maintain access for forest management, public access and biodiversity.


Long-term primary objectives

Forest management systems 

Indicative forest types and habitats

10-year management objectives 

10-year harvesting activities 

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