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NRW Meeting about Fforest Fawr Restoration

September 4, 2017

Meeting with Natural Resources Wales to discuss restoration of Fforest Fawr in Tongwynlais.

Today I met with Gareth O’Shea, Executive Director for Operations across South Wales, and John Hogg, Head of Operations for Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to discuss the planned larch disease felling at Fforest Fawr. As some of you may be aware, a few weeks ago, after being contacted by a local business owner, I started a petition to raise awareness of the planned tree felling, and voice the communities wish to restore the much-loved woodland as soon as possible.

The online and off-line petition has gained around 2,000 signatures, and Gareth and John have both said that they are grateful to me in bringing the communities views to their attention. As the ministerial specialist policy advisor when the initial approach to dealing with larch disease was agreed, I understood that NRW wanted to move quickly with the felling.  I realised the risk of the disease jumping species to the surrounding oak and beech if not dealt with quickly, which would have even more devastating consequences.

NRW has informed me that it has a plan in place to restore Fforest Fawr in the short term, and certainly within the next 5 years, and would like to discuss how to achieve this with the community, with minimal impact on local businesses and the woodland.

NRW also noted the concerns that have been voiced, and have stated that they will examine their early communication strategy in order to better understand the concerns of the community, and work closely with local residents, business owners’ and visitors.

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, I will keep you updated about my ongoing discussions with NRW. Please get in touch if you have any questions.