Garth Farm Wood

Swansea

Garth Farm Wood

Public Forest/Natural Area

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This is an interesting site as there are such a wide variety of wildlife habitats in a relatively small area including semi-natural woodland with areas of scrub, grassland, rush pasture, heath, mire and ancient hedgerows. There are also the remains of the Council’s tree nursery that closed approximately 10 years ago. Consequently there are many unusual tree specimens in part of the site. Visitors will notice a large bank around the north side of the site: this was created when the glaciers retreated after the last ice age, around 10,000 years ago - known as Glais Moraine it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Woodlands are important for many reasons. Probably the most important feature of woodlands for the public is a welcome break from the urbanised world around us. Woodlands have many other more ecologically important roles as well.
Woodlands give us a break from the stone-grey world that we have built up around us, they give us a peaceful respite from the world of traffic, tarmac, glass, steel and stress. As Swansea becomes even more developed and urbanised, the importance of our woodlands can not be underestimated. Luckily there are many local volunteer and youth groups who have taken an interest in protecting and maintaining these precious resources.
Thanks to these peoples efforts Swansea is a greener, healthier and altogether better place to live.
So why not find out more about your area? Why not get involved? Whether it’s finding a quiet place to walk and relax by yourself or finding a group of new friends and helping make the city a better place, Swansea’s woodlands have a lot to offer.
For more information, check out the “Discovering woodlands” booklet available from Swansea environment centre.

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