Croeso i Goed Newydd Bron Haul – Welcome to Bron Haul New Plantation

What's Going On?

October 2021 Forestry Roots Employee busy in the new plantation

Accurate pruning cuts for fast healing

Our Royal Forestry Society Forestry Roots employee, Dylan Hardy, has been with us for just over a month. In that time he’s been helping us to prune and respace the trees in this young compartment, using his tree identification skills, pruning skills and eye for future timber potential to get our trees into great shape in their 8th growing year. Thanks Dylan for all your hard work and attention to detail!

September 2021 Royal Welsh Agricultural Show Award Ceremony

Royal Welsh Agricultural Show 2021 Award Ceremony

 

 

August 2021 Royal Welsh Agricultural Show Woodlands Competition North Wales

We are delighted to announce that our woodland at Bron Haul has won the following awards in this year’s RWAS Woodlands Competition for the quality of its management for timber production and enhancing biodiversity:

Best Woodland in its size class (11-50ha)

Best Broadleaf Planting/Restocking under 10 years old (for the stand below you)

Best Broadleaf Woodland 11-40 years old

The Milford Silver Medal for the Best Broadleaf Woodland in the show

The Royal Forestry Society Gold Medal Certifical for the Best Woodland Stand in the show

The Judges Report from Tim Kirk and Robert Jones-Perrott reads:

Sadly woods such as Bryn Haul are all too rare in the UK. Success here is down to innovation and hard work by the owners, who are helped by living on site. The recent thinning of mainly chestnut have shown good log sized products from their first plantings, and they are now cutting boards for a variety of uses. Early days for them in exploiting the timber they have established here, often wrestling with the problem of ensuring all species grow to their optimum level e.g. oak and shading. Wildlife abounds, flowers, birds, butterflies with the less welcome squirrels and fallow deer, which are heavily controlled. Help is on its way with an RFS sponsored student due in the Autumn.

July 2021 – Our first load of timber was extracted. We took out a small load of birch, felled in 2019, for firewood.

June 2021 – we welcomed judges from the Royal Forestry Society’s Excellence in Forestry competition (Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man) where we are entered in the Small and Farm Woodland category.

June 2021 – we welcomed judges from the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show Forestry competition (North Wales) where we were entered in the Broadleaf Woodland over 15 hectares category.

June 2021 – Our Royal Forestry Society Junior Forester built you some steps on the steepest section of the footpath.

April to July 2021 – The trees are now big enough to be bark stripped by grey squirrels. We have been controlling grey squirrels to protect tree health and to create a future timber resource.

Summer 2020 – We already have too many trees! Using hand tools, birch was felled where it was out-competing the less vigorous oak.

Summer 2020 – We have been pruning potential timber trees.

Summer 2020 – We have been using hand tools to cutting gorse where it was out-competing the trees, and pruning the freed-up trees.

Who's Seen What?

Thanks Ruth Buckley and Sam Kenyon for surveying in this woodland block in July 2021 as part of the Big Butterfly Survey. It felt like a late year for butterflies with sightings of many species only just emerging by late July. We enjoyed meadow browns, common blues, gatekeepers, ringlets and a (small?) white.

We’d love to know what you have seen here. Please visit our Contact Us page.

Welcome to Bron Haul

Our farm includes 20 hectares of young mixed woodland planted between 1991 and 2014. The vision is to produce quality timber in a beautiful landscape with continually improving opportunities for biodiversity. We started planking small amounts of timber in 2020 and are selling under the name Broadleaf.Wales. Of course, the woodland also captures carbon, cleans our air and helps clean and regulate water flow. It shelters the species-rich hay meadow and pasture grazed by our small suckler herd and has strong connectivity through a network of laid hedges. All in all, we hope to give the birds plenty to sing about!

 

 

Public Footpaths

We welcome visitors using our public footpaths. Apologies if you have struggled to use the top footpath recently. The way out of the Coed Fron Ddu is now clear, with a new pedestrian gate pending. The short section leaving Bron Haul to the north of the pylon is not as easy to negotiate as it should be. This will be cleared this winter as part of our woodland management operations in this subcompartment. Please stay on the footpath and keep your dog on a lead. If you wish to visit other areas of the woodland, please contact us to arrange a guided tour (£10/head minimum 4 people for a 2 hour tour).

Circular Economy

The woodland below you was planted in 2014. The 6-foot fencing is needed keep out deer. The under-managed Elwy fallow herd has too high a population density to successfully establish new woodland. Most of the post material used to fence this block came from the established woodland on the farm; larch for struts and strainers and cleft sweet chestnut for posts. It was very satisfying to find our thinnings from the older woodland having a use on the farm.

Biodiversity

The ant hills shaded with their wonderful flower gardens have grown since the woodland was planted and occasionally we are visited by green woodpecker. Badgers also enjoy grubbing in the hills. A pair of red kites looked like they were trying to build a nest in the mature woodland remnant a few years ago, but the buzzards seemed to see them off. We have found hazel nuts with the characteristic tooth-marks of dormice and otter have been seen on the Elwy. The sheltered, sunny rides (tracks) are buzzing with insects and are aflutter with butterflies. The holes in veteran trees and the scrubby, brambly areas shelter nesting birds. Since removing the livestock, we have seen an increase in meadowsweet, spotted orchids, primroses and St. John’s wort. Of course, we would love to see more, and would love to know more about what we have. Please let us know what you see on your visit. If you have a special interest in any group of plants or animals and would like to contribute to the Bron Haul project with wildlife surveying or suggesting what we can do to improve our biodiversity we’d love to hear from you

 

Enjoy your visit!