THE MYSTERY of the tree markings along the Anglo-Welsh border has been explained.

Markings had appeared in some areas around the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and at Llanymynech Golf Club – and it has now been explained as part of an environmental project.

After full consultations with the Natural Resources Wales and the Golf Club, the Offa's Dyke Conservation Project will see selected areas of scrub removed this winter, to help rarer and smaller plants along the trail recover.

Scrub plants can take over the rare grassland on the dyke and prevent violets, orchids, and delicate grasses from finding a way through.

Individual trees are currently being marked according to whether they will be kept or removed as part of the project.


Rare tree species such as elm and English whitebeam are being marked for protection, wguke other plants will be released from surrounding brambles, and younger hazels will be coppiced for regrowth.

Most of the timber from the removed trees will either be stacked to create habitat piles, or chipped and used to repair and protect the damaged sections of footpath.

Due to the work, the National Trail may be temporary closed or diverted, for public safety, during the tree removal.

Funded by Cadw, Historic England, Shropshire Council, and the Offa’s Dyke Association, the aim of the project is that the Offa's Dyke can be passed on to the next generation in a better condition.