SECTIONS of Fryth Wood (Ffrydd Wood) outside of Chepstow have been harvested over the past few weeks as part of a restoration plan.

Ffrydd Wood is located on the opposite to Cockshoot Wood across the B4293, and is managed for the Welsh Governemnt by NRW on a long lease from the freehold owner.

These works centre on the restoration of plantation to semi-natural native woodland.

Current harvesting works are removing Norway Spruce planted in the 1950s.

A NRW spokesperson said: “Successor woodland here will be native broadleaf, established by recruitment of natural regeneration from local seed sources. 

“Over the short term (next five years), we will monitor self-sown tree seedlings.

“A fertile site, with good seed trees nearby, and rough shoot rights reserved to the freehold owner should combine to establish semi-natural native woodland efficiently and effectively.”

Fryth Wood is not designated as open access land so there are no Public Rights of Way in the wood, but Monmouthshire’s ’Piercefield’ route uses footpaths to skirt the wood to the west.