Our vision was and still is to return it to its native species oak, hazel, holly, ash, birch etc. Under the Better Woodlands for Wales Scheme (forestry commission) we have been gradually thinning it and removing non-native species since 2008. We undertook the
work ourselves as we didn’t want contractors coming in with large machinery damaging the forest floor. We have completed training as chainsaw operators; extraction of timber by horse; hedgerow management and laying. Access to the wood is poor, so
removing timber is difficult. A lot of the trees removed were of little value, so instead of leaving them to rot on the ground we started making charcoal and Biochar, selling firewood and sawn timber locally.
It is our intention to continually manage the woodland sustainably and increase its biodiversity. As well as thinning, we have been introducing nestboxes and have already seen an increase in nesting birds. Wild flowers are gradually spreading throughout the
wood and in May the ground is covered in bluebells.