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Bridgend County Borough's newest local nature reserve has been officially designated.
Situated in the centre of a highly developed part of Brackla, Tremains Wood is a popular and well-used area of ancient semi-natural woodland that is several hundred years old.
The area appears on maps dating back to 1799 and 1875 and is home to trees such as Ash, Oak, Elm and Field Maple, fungi such as King Alfred's Cake and ancient woodland indicator plants including Cuckoo Pint, Dog's Mercury, Enchanter's Nightshade and Yellow Archangel.
Listed in the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Glamorgan, Tremains Wood is situated close to three local schools and is regularly used for educational purposes.
Managed by the council's Countryside Team, work will be carried out to enhance the reserve and create better access for leisure and educational use. The Countryside team will seek to work closely with Brackla Community Council and local community in managing the woodland including woodland management and litter picking. Through this work it is hoped that there will be a greater appreciation of Tremains Wood and its importance as a green lung for the Brackla area and wildlife
The team will also be able to monitor the effects of climate change on the wood and carry out research to help the reserve meet any future challenges.
Councillor John Spanswick, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "Tremains Wood is a much-loved local amenity and is well used by the residents of Brackla and beyond. Its new status as a local nature reserve will ensure its future and allow it to be enjoyed by many generations to come."
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