Afan Forest re-planting scheme has great potential, says Natural Resources Wales manager Andy Schofield.
TENS of thousands of trees are being planted in Afan Forest to replace the diseased larches that have been felled over the past four years.
Around 1,600 acres of larch had to be chopped down due to the fungal disease, Phytophthora ramorum.
The larch are being replaced by a range of different species that will provide trees for timber production, as well as creating more native habitats for wildlife. Some areas will be left unplanted.
Andy Schofield, of Natural Resources Wales, said he felt the long-term plans for the forest had great potential to improve the economic and social wellbeing of the area.