Ynys Hywel Covid Memorial Woodland Frequently asked questions and answers

When will the works start and finish?

The first phase of the work will be starting in early March and should be completed by the June 2023. There will be further native bulb and tree planting taking place during the autumn and winter of 2023.

What exactly is being done?

The initial phase will be native tree and shrub planting, followed by stone dust footpaths and new timber entrance gates, drystone walling and timber benches. Not all field meadows will be planted, as there are species rich meadows on the site which will be maintained traditionally. 

Will it involve any road or footpath closures? 

There will be no need for any closures during the works. The works will however mean that the adjacent highway network will be slightly more congested as result, please bear with us whilst the works are being undertaken. 

Who is paying for the works?

The Welsh Government is funding the Covid Memorial Woodland’s creation. The First Minister has announced the location of Wales’ third commemorative woodland at Cwmfelinfach in Caerphilly.

Who will look after the new Covid Memorial Woodland?

Initially the landscape contractor undertaking the planting will be maintaining the woodland. This will be followed by Caerphilly Council Greenspaces and Cemeteries section. 

Can the public get involved and plant any trees?

Yes, a community planting event has been arranged for the week commencing 20th March. Visit the tree planting week webpage to sign up to volunteer. 

Will the woodland be open to the public?

Yes, as soon as the first phase of the works have been completed, and hopefully by the early summer 2023 weather permitting.