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This long-forgotten ancient woodland can now be restored into a sanctuary for wildlife, barren fields transformed into vibrant young woodland and an abandoned shack resurrected into a secure home for its resident barn owl.
All against the breathtaking backdrop of Swansea's famous bay, with views across to Mumbles lighthouse.
This is our vision for Brynau Wood and its surrounding farmland.
Credit: Phil Formby / WTML
The future of this landscape is now secure
Situated next to Gnoll Country Park, Brynau Wood is ideally placed among Welsh rolling hills and stunning scenery. Right now, however, it looks unloved, uncared for and is in urgent need of restoration.
There has been no formal access to this ancient woodland and its bluebells for many years, and non-native rhododendron and cherry laurel are choking the rare and delicate ground flora found here. We will change that, now that we have purchased the wood and can restore it back to the incredible woodland it once was.
Once restored, we'll leave the ancient heart of Brynau to nature, allowing it to flourish along with the important wildlife it harbours.
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A rare opportunity
We now have the chance to create a whole 235 acres of wildlife-friendly space in the industrial heartland of Wales.
Ancient woodland like Brynau can't thrive in isolation. We aim to plant 150,000 native trees to buffer and protect the wood, linking it with new hedges while fighting the effects of climate change and purifying the air.
As Brynau is in easy reach of 530,000 people, we have the opportunity to connect much of the Welsh population (18% in fact) with nature and create a peaceful oasis above Neath's urban sprawl.
Credit: Rob Grange / WTML
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Brynau is just one of the many woods we own in Wales. All need sympathetically managing for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
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