Penmoelallt Community Woodland

Penmoelallt Community Woodland

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Penmoelallt Community Woodland is a 33 hectare, SSSI site of mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland immediately north of Merthyr Tydfil with extensive views over the Taff Valley. For the group of local volunteers who manage it the woodland offers a place to use your imagination and broaden your knowledge: to learn more about its complex biodiversity, absorb the varied sights and sounds of the environment and enjoy a range of activities facilitated by members..

This is just one woodland managed by members of a local community. There are many more in Wales which are mapped on the following website.

‘Community woodland’ (CW) refers to any woodland where the local community has some degree of control over how the woodland is run or managed. Such woodlands are usually supported by a community woodland group (CWG).

The woodland may be owned or leased by the community group, or it may be managed in partnership with another organization (usually the landowner) through a management agreement.

Survey figures indicate that around 27% of CWGs own their woodland, while over 70% care for the woodland through a management agreement with the owner (Wavehill 2010). Around 59% of community woodlands in Wales are located on local authority owned land (Wavehill 2010).
Invariably if you visit a woodland managed by a community group it ‘feels’ different from one managed by a landowner or an agency or a tenant. This is because the focus of management is often on generating multiple benefits for the community (eg areas for children to use, wildlife havens, wooden sculptures and art, coppicing to create products and local jobs).


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