The success of plans to respond to climate change with tree planting schemes depends on planting the right tree in the right place.    Selecting trees which will thrive on the selected site,   are resistant to disease and provide a useful product when harvested is fundamental.

The records from Brechfa Forest Garden provide that information for a far wider range of species than have been traditionally planted in forest style management systems.   No matter if you are a landowner considering planting a few trees or a new forest,   a forestry consultant,   or involving in projects to  use trees to respond to climate change the research results from Brechfa Forest Garden will be relevant.

From the initial planting in the 1950’s  Forestry Commission staff and more recently specialists from Forest Research have been recording information about the site and each species of tree planted.Many of the early records for Brechfa Forest Garden were produced before the widespread use of computers so there was only a single paper copy of some hand written records including records confirming the source of stock,  planting program and  growth patterns for each species.

Carmarthenshire County Council have kindly assisted the community with grant funding matching the donation of volunteer time from members of the community.   Enabling Forest Research to have  the budget to scan all the documents,   which the community can make available to download from  this website.

All of the records on the Forest Garden  are only in English so the pages on this website describing the documents available are also only in English rather than Welsh and English.   We have retained the directory structure created by Forest Research,  grouping similar documents together on separate pages and added an overview of each document.

Reports and Articles written by Forest Research.

Diary’s of site visits.  Most by Forest Research.

Management Plans for the Forest Garden by Forest Research

Measurement Records for the Forest Garden from Forest Research surveys.

Plot records  the individual records on the history,  measurements taken and even the records from thinning for each plot.




This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.


Cyllidwyd y prosiect hwn drwy Cymunedau Gwledig Llywodraeth Cymru – Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig Cymru 2014-2020, a ariennir gan Lywodraeth Cymru a’r Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig.