Common-y-Coed Plantation

The Community Council are responsible for a section of land at Common-y-coed, Undy. The land is classed as 'Poor Land', originally set aside for the benefit of the poor (similar to that at Norton Lane, Undy). The management of this parcel of land was inherited by the 'Undy Community Council' from the old 'Undy Parish Council' and finally transferred to Magor with Undy Community Council when the Magor and Undy Community Councils amalgamated in 1983.

The parcel of land can currently be split in to three sections; top section of newly planted native trees (2005), the middle section of old woodland and invasive diseased trees (Sycamore - pending removal) and a bottom section which is currently rough ground (bracken). Apart from the newly planted top section, it looks pretty much as it did in 1882.

1882 Map
1882 Map

1968 Map
1968 Map

The common, which is shown on the 1882 map was cleared of trees in 1966, and only a few isolated trees remain across the common, with a narrow 'break' adjacent to the lane and opposite the Plantation.

The Community Council applied to the Forestry Commission in 2005 for a grant to plant the upper/top section of the Plantation with saplings. A grant of £463.05 was agreed to purchase the saplings, with a further £198.45 to be granted in 2010 to replace any lost trees.

The business case, made in 2005, to the Forestry Commission for funding from the Woodland Grant Scheme to fund the purchase and planting of trees at this site stated that the Community Council would undertake to stock fence the Plantation, provide a welcome for walkers, a picnic area, install an interpretation sign and advertise and promote the area. Local groups would also be engaged in the maintenance work on site.

In 2013/2014 the Community Council set aside a budget of £6,000 to undertake the fencing and other associated works at the Plantation.

A new business case was prepared in January 2014 following discussions with Gwent Wildlife Trust's Magor Marsh Reserve. It was agreed to work in partnership with the Reserve's youth group, the "Wildlife Warriors" on projects within the Plantation site.

Both the Community Council and Magor Marsh have applied for grants to fund the works, and local businesses have supplied, in kind, man-power and materials, and the Woodland Trust have provided 420 saplings.

The Wildlife Warriors have been busy undertaking surveys of flora, fauna and invertebrates as well as planting a boundary hedge, and placing out nesting boxes for dormice. The Warriors have given feedback to the Community Council on several occasions, updating members on the progress of the projects.

There is still lots to be done, but the main project for Autumn 2015 - Spring 2016 is the creation of the footpaths that will allow walkers and visitors to negotiate the site.

Willife Warriors

Gwent Wildlife Warriors continue to help out, and whilst surveying for flora, fauna and invertebrates Béibhinn Williams from Undy found and identified a 'Lacehopper' (Tachycixius pilosus). This is rare, and South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre advise us that only one has previously been recorded in Gwent - A first for Magor and Undy! Thank You too, for their help in preparing the proposed wildflower meadow area by clearing it of Ragwort.