If you know the Cambrian Mountains you’ll probably agree that they could do with a few more trees. I spent the last weekend, but one, there and its big views and dramatic sunsets are inspiring, but it’s a landscape that could do with some TLC.
So, a plan to rewild one hillside just south of Machynlleth sounds interesting, and turn out to be something of a blueprint for the future of the more marginal bits of upland Wales.
For it to happen the charities involved (Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust, and the Wales Wild Land Foundation) need to raise £150,000 by the end of this month. They already have £200,000, but need to find another £150,000.
If it works out the land – 142ha (352 acres) of it – will be the first step towards a grand plan to restore the area’s native woodland.
The land has been on the market for a number of years and hasn’t been grazed. In the absence of livestock natural regeneration is already happening. The plan is to sit back and let that process continue.
Eventually it’s thought that around a third of Cefn Coch will become open woodland. The mix of oak, birch and rowan should be just the thing for a range of birds and animals, including pine martens.
Find out more about the project on the Cefn Coch page on the Woodland Trust website.