At Bron Haul Farm, we are managing 20 hectares of award-winning woodland for timber and biodiversity. Broadleaf.Wales is our processed timber and timber-products sales and woodland consultancy business. As our young woodland grows and develops we expect the quality of our timber and the products we can supply to improve rapidly.
Our consultancy and training business is growing too. If you are lucky enough to be involved in woodland management, why not come on one of our woodland management courses.
Farmers can get free woodland mentoring from us through Farming Connect.
In the Yard
The firewood in the yard is for our own use, but we supply cordwood (unprocessed firewood) locally if you have the means to process your own firewood. Since 2021, we are delighted to have started supplying cordwood to our friends at Bodfari Environmental, so support us and them by buying your logs from them!
We also have some sawn timber for sale. The timber is sawn just up the road at Elwy Wood. This is early days for our sawn timber business. Talk to us about your timber needs and we’ll see what we can organise.
Welcome to Bron Haul
What's Going On?
July 2023 We are pleased to announce that Harriet Jenkins will be joining us from October as our Forestry Roots trainee. Thanks to the Royal Forestry Society for giving us the opportunity to have a paid employee on site to share our woodland with.
We will be hosting a farm visit for Nature Friendly Farming Network on the 2nd August, looking and how woodland and trees can benefit farms. Look out for the Eventbright link coming soon on the NFFN website.
We will also be hosting a visit arranged by the North Wales branch of the Royal Forestry Society on September 28th, who will see how we are managing intimate mix native broadleaf woodland to achieve continuous cover forestry goals of productivity within a healthy native ecosystem. Non-members welcome. Please let us know if you are interested.
May 2023 Thanks to Clive Thomas from the Soil Association for taking an interest in our productive farm-scale forestry. We look forward to seeing how he present us in the Soil Association’s in-production case studies.
Only 2 places are remaining on our Royal Forestry Society course Growing Broadleaf for Timber course, to be held here on June 6th.
We have been accepted as hosts onto the Royal Forestry Society’s Forestry Roots programme again this year. Watch this space to find out about the young person who will work alongside us for 12 months.
March 2023 Our Woodland was feature in a Nature Friendly Farming Network webinar as part of their Rethink Farming series. We reveal all about what our ambition is for our woodland and how amazingly it is producing planked hardwood timber after less than 30 years!
February 2023 Thanks to our 9 participants to our Small Woodland Management and Practical Woodland Tasks course this month. We hope you all feel inspired and empowered to make management decisions in your woodlands and plunge yourselves into your work!
January 2023 Could there possibly be any more song thrushes! Delighting in their echo call we hope our messy woodland management is harbouring the slugs and snails they need to get through the winter.
December 2022 The growing pile of timber just down the road is from this winter’s thinnings in the woodland block above. These 8′ lengths are intended for sale to Bodfari Environmental for their firewood business. The block is also yielding some interesting larger stems that we will take to Elwy Working Woods for planking.
December 2022 thank you Rob Price for being our resident woodland volunteer through December.
July 2022 You are currently standing in one of the best managed small woodlands in the country! We are delighted to have won the Gold medal in this year’s Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry award, contested across Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and England.
July 2022 Look out! BBC and wider media will be celebrating the successful progress of the UK Squirrel Accord fertility control research. For a full update, visit their YouTube channel.
July 2022 Huge congratulations to our Forestry Roots trainee Dylan Hardy. He’s just landed himself a job at Musgrave Estate starting this September.
May 17 2022 Ruth will answer your questions on Nature Friendly Farming Network’s Hedges, Edges and Farmland Trees Webinar panel.
May 2022 David delivers a Grey Squirrel control course on behalf of the Royal Forestry Society at Harewood Estate.
February 2022 We delivered a Managing Small Woodlands course here on behalf of the Woodland Skills Centre. Great to meet such an enthusiastic gang of new woodland owners!
Winter 2021/22 – Our winter felling focussed on the hayfield woodland. We suffered some windblow during storm Anwen in November. We think we are seeing goshawks.
September 2021 – We received our Gold Medal for the quality of our Small and Farm Woodland management.
August 2021 – Dylan Hardy joins us for a year’s placement through the Royal Forestry Society ‘Forestry Roots’ programme.
July 2021 – We welcomed judges from the Royal Forestry Society’s Excellence in Forestry competition (Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man) where we are entered in the Small and Farm Woodland category.
July 2021 – We welcomed judges from the Royal Welsh Show Forestry competition (North Wales) where we are entered in the Broadleaf Woodland over 15 hectares category.
April to July 2021 – This woodland is vulnerable to bark stripping by grey squirrels. A successful season of squirrel control has protected our tree health and timber potential.
Who's Seen What?
14 April – first swallow, brimstone, peacock, speckled wood and comma butterflies.
Unfortunately, they do not fit in with our ecosystems and are an absolute disaster for our native woodland and red squirrel populations. The problem they pose for woodland is their habit of bark stripping trees between April and July. This is possibly a behaviour particularly displayed by growing youngsters and lactating females who are looking for calcium-rich food. The result in our woodlands is damaged trees that will neither produce quality timber, reach their potential sequestering carbon, cleaning air or regulating water nor replace the majestic veteran trees that are our woodlands’ biodiversity treasure troves.
We have been running a rigourous squirrel control programme here since 2007 and have suffered very little damage as a result. It is the major reason why we attract prizes in woodland management competitions. However, some of the beech trees in this area were damaged before this squirrel control began and a few of these have been retained as examples of how the entire woodland would look without this important work. Can you spot the damaged trees?
We run squirrel control courses and are happy to talk to you about this sensitive issue. Find out more about grey squirrels and the efforts being made to control them on a national scale by visiting the UK Squirrel Accord website.
Visit the UK Squirrel Accord website
Fallow Deer Study
The woodland you see around you was planted in 1995, and at this time the deer population was small enough that they were not a problem for woodland establishment. Since then, numbers have increased and their range expanded. When Coed Ty Brown, about a mile upstream, was planted 13 years ago, the site needed expensive fencing to exclude the deer. We also had to deer fence before we planted at Bron Haul in 2014.
Since we are converting our woodland plantation to continuous cover forestry, it will rely on continual natural regeneration to restock which will not be possible if the grazing pressure of the deer population is too high.
This woodland sub-compartment is being used by Bangor University PhD students Amy Gresham and Owain Barton who are studying deer movements and feeding habits across a number of woodlands throughout the Elwy Valley. We look forward to hearing the results of their work.
Enjoy your visit!