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Update on the Commemorative Woodland at Brownhill

Update on Commemorative woodland at Brownhill 

Following on from my previous correspondence on 22 June, I am writing to provide you with an update on the plans for the commemorative woodland at Brownhill, in the Tywi Valley Carmarthenshire.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us through our public consultation and drop in events in March and June last year. We were pleased to be able to engage with so many residents and have the opportunity to listen to people’s views and concerns on the proposals for the land at Brownhill. 

Having listened carefully to the feedback we received, we are pleased to be able to share the designs for the site and inform you of our next steps.

The site has now been divided in to three main areas, each prioritising different objectives;  a conservation space for wildlife to flourish, a woodland space for commemoration that is fully accessible, and a growing space to provide sustainable opportunities for continued food production, trees, and nature.

We have set out a summary of our plans below, outlining how we will deliver the objectives for each area, taking in to consideration the responses we received through our consultation:

Area one – Conservation space 

Main objectives 

Our main objectives for the conservation space are to improve access points to ensure the public and local anglers can safely access the river and create riparian and wet woodland to help benefit biodiversity and promote a healthy active floodplain. 

How we will achieve this: 

Our initial plans for this area of the site will require minimal intervention. It will be allowed to develop in to riparian woodland to allow for natural processes, as has been the case for the last ten years.  We will improve public access by restoring a footbridge and establishing an informal walking route that will allow people and anglers to safely access the riverside and enjoy the wildlife. Signage will be installed to provide information to people on how they can use the area safely and help care for the area. In time, we will also be exploring opportunities to undertake river restoration work in this area to naturalize the previously canalised section of the river to improve habitat for fish and invertebrates.

Full details, including maps and drawings of the conservation space can be viewed via our Citizen Space project page from 19 January.

Area two – Woodland space

Main objectives 

Our main objective for the woodland space is to create a native broadleaf woodland that maximises habitat diversity and provides a contemplative green space where people can come to reflect and remember loved ones.

How we will achieve this:

The woodland has been designed to enhance the existing features of the site and wewill retain substantial open space to provide important open habitat. To ensure the new woodland is resilient to the threats of pests and diseases and climate change, we will plant a broad range of species and shrubs, including Oak, Hornbeam, Small leaved lime, Hazel and Crab apples. 

To help improve public access and ensure the safety of visitors to the site, a car park will be constructed, existing field entrances will be upgraded, and small footbridges will be installed, allowing us to create circular walks around the area. 

Benches will also be placed near the entrance and fruit and nut trees will be planted to create a blossoming feature in the spring and provide fruit for visitors and the community to pick. We have also been keen to find a fitting  name for the commemorative woodland. Given that the land formed part of the adjacent  Abermarlais estate and is bisected by the Afon Marlais,  the woodland itself will be named  Coedwig Abermarlais.

Full details, including maps and drawings of the conservation space can be viewed via our Citizen Space project page from 19 January.

Area three – Growing space 

Main objectives 

Our main objective for the growing space was to establish a partnership to allow us to provide sustainable opportunities to grow food, trees and nature and improve water quality, soil health and habitat and species diversity.

How we will achieve this:

We presented a number of options for increasing tree cover alongside continued agricultural production and asked consultees to discuss the various merits of these which they would most like to see. The suggestion of continuing agricultural production alongside increased tree cover was well received.

The plan for this area is to increase the tree cover to around 20%.  We will do this by widening the existing hedgerows and re-establishing hedgerows along historic field boundaries that have been lost. We will also plant along the field edge adjacent to the existing woodland and establish groups of in-field trees that will in future create a wood pasture type habitat.  The new planting will be fenced to allow the continued grazing of the majority of the land, and the land will be managed in line with prescriptions to benefit wildlife, soil health and water quality.

In the longer term, we will seek to establish a partnership for the long-term management of this area in conjunction with a local farm business/businesses.  This will include further co-design of the area with the potential for further planting or other cropping uses for the improved grassland that were raised during the consultation.

Full details, including maps and drawings of the conservation space can be viewed via our Citizen Space project page from 19 January.

Next steps 

When creating new woodland, we place particular importance on working closely with local communities and stakeholders to provide them with the opportunity to be involved with the plans and share their ideas with us. We are keen to continue this proactive engagement at Brownhill as the site progresses. 

In the near future, we will create opportunities for volunteers to help us prepare and plant trees on the site. We will keep you updated about the dates and timings of these in due course.

Diweddariad ar y Coetir Coffa yn Brownhill – Update on Commemorative woodland at Brownhill

Update on Commemorative woodland at Brownhill 

Following on from my previous correspondence on 1 March, I am writing to update you on the feedback we have received from our first public consultation on the Commemorative Woodland at Brownhill and to inform you of our next steps.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We were pleased to be able to engage with so many residents, both through our on-line consultation and community drop-in session at Llangadog in March, and have the opportunity to listen to people’s views and concerns on the proposals for the land at Brownhill.

As a result of the feedback we have received, we have divided the site into three main areas, each of which will have different objectives. 

Area 1 – Conservation space

  1. Riparian and wet woodland with minimum intervention primarily to benefit biodiversity and to promote a healthy active floodplain.
  2. Identify areas where the public can safely access the river, causing minimal disturbance for wildlife to flourish.
  3. Improve access points to the river and ensure that anglers can continue to access the space safely.

Area 2 – Woodland Space

  1. Create a native broadleaf woodland that maximises habitat diversity.
  2. A contemplative and commemorative space that is accessible to all.
  3. Create a green resource for community use.

Area 3 – Growing Space

  1. Work in partnership to deliver sustainable opportunities to grow food, trees, nature.
  2. Increase tree cover to demonstrate how government planting initiatives to help tackle the climate and nature emergencies can be achieved alongside other land uses.
  3. Improve water quality, soil health and the habitat and species diversity.

Regarding areas one and two, we understand the concerns raised about safe access to the site and different proposed uses of the land. However, the majority of the feedback from our first round of consultation indicated general support for the objectives set out for Area one, the “Conservation space” and Area2, the “Woodland space”.

We will approach these two areas differently to ensure public access and space for wildlife complement each other. In the longer term we will investigate ways to make the site more accessible without a car.

The majority of ideas and concerns we received relate to Area Three, the “Growing Space”. We will therefore focus this next stage of consultation on this part of the site.

We think this is an exciting opportunity to work in partnership (for example, a community group, a young farmer, or someone else) to test out and demonstrate land use proposals to tackle the climate and nature emergencies, integrated into productive agriculture.

Next steps of consultation 

From today, (23 June) we are launching a second online consultation, to seek feedback from our neighbours, surrounding communities, and partners on how we can achieve the objectives for Area Three, the “Growing Space.”

As part of the consultation, we will also be holding a community drop in event on 14 of July at Llansadwrn reading room, SA19 8HH Carmarthenshire, to speak with communities from the surrounding area and gather feedback.

We want to encourage people who live in the area to come along on 14 July and talk to us or take part in our online consultation and have their say.  Commemorative woodland at Brownhill – next phase of consultation – Natural Resources Wales Citizen Space – Citizen Space (

Should you wish to discuss anything in more detail, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours sincerely,

Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru​ / Natural Resources Wales

Woodland Creation Consultation-Brownhill

New consultation will ask local communities to share their views on commemorative woodland site at Brownhill.

Following on from my previous correspondence on 4 February, I am writing to inform you about a consultation Natural Resources Wales is undertaking, to seek people’s views for the design of the new commemorative woodland site at Brownhill in the Tywi valley. 

As you will be aware, the site at Brownhill has been confirmed as one of three planned locations for memorial woodlands in Wales, which were announced last month by the First Minister Mark Drakeford. The ambition is for the woodlands to be seen as a symbol of Wales’ resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic and one of regeneration and renewal as they grow. 

The purpose of the consultation is to allow us to seek feedback from local communities and partners on the plans for the woodland to help shape the design and ongoing management for the future. 

The consultation will also ensure any potential impacts on the surrounding area are considered and offer the opportunity for people to put forwards ideas on how they can be involved with the planning process. 

As part of the consultation, we will also be holding a community drop in event for residents to attend and speak with staff, on the 9 March at Llangadog village hall between 12:00m -7:00pm.  

The new woodland will form part of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate which is managed by NRW on behalf of Welsh Government, and the National Forest for Wales. 

The site will be planted to ensure the new woodland is diverse and resilient to the impacts of pests, diseases, and climate change and will create habitat connectivity in the landscape, due to surrounding woodland, mature hedges, and veteran trees.

It is also flat, and therefore creates the opportunity for creating fully accessible trails.

We would be grateful if you could help raise awareness of the drop in event and consultation with your constituents and encourage them to participate. 

You can view the consultation link here: Woodland Creation at Brownhill – Natural Resources Wales Citizen Space – Citizen Space (

You can view our project page here:

We intend this to be just the beginning of our consultation, and there will be other opportunities over the spring and summer to help plan and shape this site. There is an option on the online consultation for you to provide contact details so we can keep you updated.

Local River Trust Walk Over and Litter Pick

The local Rivers Trust is organising a couple of events on our lovely rivers.

Please contact Nathaniel Project Officer West Wales Rivers Trust Phone: 07780303533 Email: to find out more.

If there is anyone else you know that would be interested in attending these dates. Please feel free to forward details. Just please let Nathaniel know in advance if you are interested in attending any of these events and he will forward more specific details, meeting times/locations, and routes. 

Marlais Walkover – 27th January We hope to have a great turnout for this day within the local community. We have already identified some fish passage opportunities however more may present themselves along with any other habitat and water quality issues. We would like to host a lunch during this event and make a good day out of it. 

Sawdde Walkover – 3rd FebruaryThis will continue on previous walkovers in 2021, continuing along Sawdde and its tributaries. There has been a lot of fly-tipping already identified in our previous walkovers, so we will collect as we walk! 

Llangadog Bran – 4th or 5th February (Depending on availability)We were unable to walk Llangadog Bran in 2021, so it will be great to get out on the banks of this tributary in 2022. 

Fly-tipping bank side litter pick Llanwrda Dulais – 10th February We have identified some fly-tipping and build-up of trash along a tributary of Dulais. We would like to get a team together to tackle clearing some of this before it works its way downstream. We will supply safety equipment and a plan of action and disposal. 

We will have more events and dates in March. TBC  
Once again, thank you for your continued support as Adoptees. It would be great to hear if there is anything you have noticed on your local rivers & streams over this winter.

Red Telephone Kiosk, Llansadwrn

Llansadwrn Community Council adopted the telephone kiosk in Llansadwrn several years ago.  A request has been brought to the Council that the kiosk should be used by the community.

Anyone with a suggestion to send the information to the Clerk, or if not complete this form and give it to one of the Community Councillors.