Ceinws hillside stabilisation work

Work to enable the removal of safety fencing installed to protect road users from forestry work above the A487 at Ceinws near Machynlleth will begin later this month.

Traffic management will be put in place to enable the safe removal of the catchfence on 20 January and will be in place until 14 February.

The removal of the catchfence will be the final stage of work to fell unstable conifer trees that grew there previously.

The catchfence was installed to protect road users from falling debris during the hazardous felling work. It was kept in place until Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officers were satisfied that the hillside had stabilised, and that there was no significant risk of debris falling on the road.

As part of the work, 35,000 native broadleaf trees have been planted on the flatter areas of the site. Tree species such as sessile oak, hawthorn, rowan and downy birch will make the area a haven for insects, birds and small mammals such as dormice. This new habitat will link up with other wildlife habitats in the Dulas Valley.

While no replanting has taken place on the steepest sections of embankment, heather and bilberry will be free to grow. This will further improve local biodiversity and will stabilise the hillside further in the future.

Jared Gethin, NRW project manager said: “After surveying the hillside, we are satisfied that it is safe to remove the catchfence. The new trees and vegetation have taken well and will help stabilise the ground further in the future.

“Residents and commuters in the area will remember that the work to stabilise the hillside needed traffic management to install the catchfence in advance of the felling works back in 2018. A similar arrangement will be needed to remove the catchfence, and we are hopeful that the work will be done in a timely manner to keep disruption to a minimum.

“This is the final step in the Bont Evans Tree Works and Stabilisation project. It has taken four and a half years to complete, and I would like to thank the local community and the community council for their support and understanding during this process.”

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