Saving rare Celtic Rainforest in the Elan Valley

Saving rare Celtic Rainforest in the Elan Valley

An outdoor landscape with trees and a waterfall
Nant Methan waterfall, part of the Celtic Rainforest in the Elan Valley

The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG)

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig
People in Radnorshire will have better access to an area of temperate rainforest – an extremely rare habitat which will be better protected and managed.

Also called Atlantic or Celtic rainforest, these important woodland sites are home to rare birds, butterflies and insects. They are havens of biodiversity, but are thought to be under greater threat than tropical rainforests.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and RSPB Cymru are working together on this project, with the support of Natural Resources Wales and Radnorshire Wildlife Trust. 

The project has received funding from The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG), which will enable it to:

  • A tree covered in fungus
    Tree Lungwort on a Sessile Oak tree in
    the Celtic Rainforest in Elan Valley
    help the woodlands regenerate by creating boundary infrastructure to stop sheep disturbing fragile habitats and introducing sustainable grazing
  • improve public access by installing rest benches, replacing stiles with gates and providing access to existing forestry tracks
  • create information boards to encourage local visitors to explore the area and increase their understanding of the environment
  • encourage community involvement by creating groups and offering training in controlling invasive tree species and surveying wildlife
  • develop a programme of outdoor learning for schools that ties into the national curriculum and STEM subjects 
  • hold a festival to raise awareness and celebrate Wales’s Celtic rainforests through demonstrations with local community artists and makers

Jennifer Newman, Visitor Experience Manager for Elan Valley, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, said: “We are so excited to be able to work in partnership with RSPB Cymru to safeguard Elan’s internationally important Atlantic oak woodlands, known as Celtic rainforests, into the future. 

“This funding will allow us to deliver new volunteering and educational opportunities for the local community and to protect our special wildlife and biodiversity unique to the Elan Valley.”

The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) is part of the Welsh Government’s National Forest for Wales programme.

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