About This Project

Coed Ffos Las is an extremely special place. The former colliery land and farmland is 120 acres of rolling landscape with panoramic views towards the South Wales coast.

In 2014 it was purchased by the Woodland Trust to create a Centenary Wood in honour of the part played by Wales in the First World War. No less than 90,000 trees have beenplanted across the land, which features flower-rich glades, ponds and meadows.

The centrepiece of this moving place is a War Horse Sculpture with benches and interpretative signage around it, which provides a peaceful space to reflect on the enormous impact the war had on the lives of the soldiers, and the community and countryside in which they lived.

Oak boards with a striking barbed wire pattern hold a series of plaques telling the story of how this area changed forever because of the huge demand for timber, and the resultant Forest Act introduced to rebuild and maintain timber reserves for the future.

The curved benches fit the sculpture and signage perfectly and provide a welcome opportunity to take in the fresh air and views, as well as the educational impact of Coed Ffos Las.

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