Tag Archives: Forestry

Clouds and sun around the Garth

Long winter shadows on the fields and cloud inversions are a frequent sight on the Garth mountain and in the Taf valley.   I see them as I go up to the stables in the morning. These photos were taken in … Continue reading

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Splinters and menaces on a forest path

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 … Continue reading

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Spring in the forest, flowers in the village

Springtime rides through Coed-y-Gedrys on the Garth are beautiful.  The tree buds on  beeches have been bright tawny with silky lime green emerging leaf; the catkins have turned pale yellow, contrasting with bright yellows of gorse and forest floor flowers.  … Continue reading

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Dog training: Bridgend planning application affects a path

Bridgend council have their work cut out to prevent some of their quiet paths and open spaces losing their attractions and becoming unnerving for people to use and difficult to access.  Although outside the county borough for which I represent … Continue reading

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Welsh Government recognise horses as vulnerable in Road Safety Framework: a horse’s view

It has taken a while, and is very welcome: horse-riders and carriage drivers are recognised as vulnerable road users by the Welsh Government.  (The Framework can be downloaded here http://wales.gov.uk/topics/transport/publications/rdsafeframework/?lang=en) I’m pleased, along with Open Spaces Society and British Horse … Continue reading

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Floral verges and hedgerows

I watch the flowers and plants changing when riding by verges and hedgerows. This year has been weird, with the wild garlic (right) trying to pop up, disappearing and then flowering recently.  Bluebells are late and everywhere. Violets, campions and … Continue reading

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Harvesting the wood at Coed y Gedrys

The dark pines are gone beside what we call Gas Lane (harking back to the gasline being laid).  Another section of Coed y Gedrys on the lower slopes of the Garth was harvested last year and the bluebells are taking … Continue reading

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