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Ancient forest's trees felled

Trees in Wales' largest area of ancient woodland - Wentwood Forest near Newport - are being felled due to a devastating disease.

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Felling to undermine years of conservation work

Years of conservation work by the Woodland Trust will be undermined by the felling of trees at Wentwood Forest.

Restoration work the charity began in 2006, involving the gradual removal of conifers to allow native broadleaf trees and characteristic ancient woodland flora and fauna to return, will be destroyed.

Large swathes of Wentwood Forest are to be felled Credit: Natural Resources Wales
Wentwood Forest Credit: ITV Wales

Much of Wentwood Forest was planted with confiers in the 1940s and 50s as a means of providing fast-growing wood for building. This has led to the decline of many species and unique characteristics of ancient woodland. Larch trees are part of attempts to restore the forest to its natural state.

Large swathes of Wentwood Forest are to be felled Credit: Natural Resources Wales

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