Coed y Gedrys on the slopes of the Garth mountain is a popular public access to the Garth Common. The forest tracks and footpaths have, this year, become more overgrown and less maintained. In particular, work done in November has left splintered saplings at child’s eye height and failed to properly control brambles.
Broken glass from a contractor’s tractor was left for over a month, a danger to barefoot ponies and dogs’ paws.
The brambles – as well as nettles and cleavers – grew quickly last year, and will rapidly shoot over paths because thick stems have not been removed. Some are at head height now, in February, and showing signs of growth.
The sharp splintered saplings are a danger to people and animals, many being within the width of the tracks.
The ground was rock hard when I walked there, and slippery. I wouldn’t want one of these going into a leg.
It is a beautiful walk, at its best in sunshine.
You can see over to Caerphilly mountain, and over Taffs Well and Cardiff. This beech tree has a layer of gold leaves below it in autumn.
Natural Resources Wales website used to encourage reports by twitter, which I used, and now by phone, but does not list obstructions to access among the reports it deals with. This is wrong.
As Open Spaces Society local correspondent, it is time for a more formal complaint, and hopefully NRW will take access and the enjoyment of the public in Coed y Gedrys more seriously.