PLANS have been launched to restore swathes of forestry in western Powys to traditional tree species.

Machynlleth residents are being encouraged to give their views on new plans to manage the forests in the area.

Natural Resources Wales has revealed plans to manage the forests, which includes restoring large areas of broadleaf woodland forestry.

But it also proposes the rapid removal of large areas of larch trees, which are being hit by the spread of the algae-like mould organism Phytophthora ramorum.

The Machynlleth Forest Block includes a wide area encompassing Pennal, Dyfi Bridge, Cilgwyn, Forge and Commins Coch.


Natural Resources Wales, which manages to Welsh Government woodland estate across Wales, is holding a public consultation to gibe local people the chance to have a say on the management of the forest for the next 10 years and beyond.

Nick Young, senior land manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “Everyone and everything benefits from a well-managed forest; it provides green spaces for people to enjoy responsibly, sustainable timber, carbon sequestration and is a great benefit to local biodiversity.

“We want residents in the Machynlleth area to have a look at the plans we have put together to manage the Machynlleth Forest and to give us their views on it. The plans are not confirmed, and we may make changes based on feedback.”

The plans can be read and responded to by visiting Natural Resources Wales’ consultation website, or residents can call 0300 065 3000 and ask to speak with one of the Senior Land Management Officers responsible for the consultations. From there they will be able to send out hard copies of the documents on request.