Meeting over 'threatened' forest

Residents on Anglesey are holding a public meeting, to fight what they claim is a threat to the future of Newborough Forest on the island.

NRW: 'Wrong' to say large parts of forest will be felled

The environmental body Natural Resources Wales says "it is completely wrong" to say that large parts of the forest will be felled.

This whole area is a great place for local people and wildlife, and it's important for the local economy. We want to make sure that it continues to be so. We're currently waiting for the results of a Welsh Government review of our proposals.

When that is complete we will know how we can move forward. We, and our predecessor organisations, have consulted extensively with local people and specialists on our proposals since 2004, making many changes to our plans as a result.

If the Welsh Government's review concludes that the scientific basis for the proposals to manage the area are sound, than we will proceed with plans to remove some small areas of trees - many of which are dead or dying. It's completely wrong to say that large parts of the forest will be felled - this is simply not the case.

– Natural Resources Wales

Welsh Govt: No decision made yet on Newborough

The Welsh Government says the claims made by the Newborough Forest Protection Group are "misleading".

It says its review of issues at Newborough "is still ongoing and no decision has yet been made."

These claims are misleading. The Welsh Government's science review of the issues at Newborough is still ongoing and no decision has yet been made. We plan to publish more information on the review very shortly and ahead of a planned meeting with the Newborough Forest Liaison Partnership on the 11th September.

It is worth noting that the area under consideration is a vey small percentage of the 700 hectare site and that the majority of the trees in the affected areas are either dead or in poor health.

– Welsh Government spokesperson


Residents fight 'threat' to Newborough Forest

The Newborough Forest Protection Group says more than 15,000 people have signed its petition.

Residents on Anglesey have called a public meeting for tonight, angry at what they claim are "broken promises" from the Welsh Government, which mean Newborough Forest is under threat of being chopped down.

They say the Newborough Forest and Dunes area attracts many visitors to Anglesey, but now faces "a critically serious situation".

Local residents and scientists say woodland has been marked for felling, before a promised independent scientific review was completed, and they are now considering taking legal action up to the United Nations.

The Newborough Forest Protection Group says more than 15,000 people have signed its petition, asking for Newborough Forest to be protected in its entirety, for future generations.

It says the current Forest Management Plan could lead to "all of the most popular and important areas for tourism being devastated".