The Upper Wye Gorge is of special interest for
its Semi-natural broadleaved woodland. The Upper Wye Gorge is one
of the most important areas for woodland nature conservation in
Britain. The woods are a mixture of many stand types, which are
believed to be similar in composition to the original natural woods
of the valley. Many rare and local species are present, including
some of the rarest native tree species (e.g. large-leaved lime,
whitebeams), and trees close to the edge of their European range,
e.g. hornbeam, beech.
© This orthophotography has been produced by COWI A/S from
digital photography captured by them in 2006. Licensed by the Welsh
Assembly Government's Department for Environment, Planning and
Managing this site
The site is in the ownership of the Forestry Commission. The
special features of this SSSI and CCW’s views about site management
have been summarised in a Site Management Statement, addressed to
the owners and managers of the land. The statement can be found in
the resource section below.
The site is designated as CROW open access land. Lady Park Wood
is also managed as a National Nature Reserve but is open to the
public. For detailed maps and information regarding access visit
our access map via the resource section below.
The site forms part of the River Wye/ Afon Gwy and Wye Valley
Woodlands/ Coetiroedd Dyffryn Gwy Special Areas of Conservation.
Afon is ‘river’ (afon) and Afon Gwy may mean ‘winding river’. The
Welsh forms certainly support that view; but it may be a pre-Celtic