Stretching over 3.2 hectares, Tremains Wood is one of Bridgend County Borough Council’s dedicated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) sites. These sites are conservation areas set aside for people to enjoy nature and learn about wildlife and the landscape. Tremains Wood is a lowland mixed broadleaved woodland situated in the middle of the Brackla housing development. It is listed in the provisional ‘Glamorgan Inventory of Ancient Woodland’ (Nature Conservancy Council. December 1986).
Situated in the centre of a highly-developed part of Brackla, Tremains Wood is pretty area of ancient semi-natural woodland. It’s another one of those special places in Bridgend County where despite being surrounded by one of Europe’s largest housing developments, you’re able to enjoy an accessible rural haven that shelters you from the hustle and bustle of our modern lives. Tremains Wood is family-friendly and it’s a perfect place for children to explore the meandering pathways leading through the woodland. The pathways are waymarked with ‘robin arrows’ and a series of interpretation panels will help you to identify trees, flowers and wildlife species that you may come across during your walk.
Tremains Wood Nature Trail With trails throughout the woodland, there is access all year round with a new gravel access trail, boardwalks installed 2013.
What will I find? Listed in the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Glamorgan, Tremains Wood is home to lots of semi-natural woodland indicators including Cuckoo Pint, Dog’s Mercury, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Yellow Archangel, Bluebell, Primrose and Hairy St John’s Wort. The ground flora includes Ivy and Bramble, and as you explore you may be lucky enough to spot fungi such as King Alfred’s Cake. The dominant canopy trees include Ash, Sycamore and Oak, with an understorey of Hazel, Hawthorn and Blackthorn. The northern block of the wood is intersected with numerous informal footpaths and several ditches with wetland plants including Meadowsweet, Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage and Remote Sedge. Look out for at least two veteran Oak trees at the eastern side of this part of the wood. Keen historians may also spot several old banks which may have once formed part of the ancient woodland boundary. The southern block is partially fenced and inaccessible to the public and it has a much higher proportion of Bramble in the understorey. There are local patches of tall semi-improved grassland and light scrub at several of the woodland margins.
Look out for… I grow here Hartstongue Fern Sessile Oak Wood Anemone Bluebell Ash Elm Field Maple Sycamore Hazel Hawthorn Blackthorn Ivy Bramble Primrose Hairy St John’s Wort Dog’s Mercury Meadowsweet Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage Remote Sedge Cuckoo Pint Enchanter’s Nightshade Yellow Archangel King Alfred’s Cake I live here Nuthatch Blue Tit Robin Chiff Chaff Common Frog Common Lizard Pipistrelle Bat Wood Mouse If you’re exploring Tremains Wood and you spot these or other species, please take a photograph or let us know.
As you’re exploring Tremains Wood, look out for the Keeper of the Wood. To find out more about his story, and the plants and wildlife he protects, please visit:
I am the wood, its story I have kept for I am the Keeper but long have I slept Look around you now as I wake You see before you ancient woodland. Look with the eyes of your imagination and see the deep roots of this place, roots that stretch back centuries. Here you’ll meet trees who were old before Bridgend was born; trees that have stood their ground while the world around them heaved and shifted, rose and fell. Here there is magic; here everything is connected, from the seeds in the soil to the birdsong on the breeze Here, all is one I am the Wood
Add a bit of history
A study of old Ordnance Survey (OS maps) shows that the current area of woodland has been at least partly wooded since 1799. By 1875 the woodland was being marked on OS maps as ‘Tre-Maen Wood’. Interestingly, this map also shows a track through the south west corner of the wood that links to another track running across the far western edge of the existing woodland. To the south, this track leads to an old quarry and lime kiln at lower Tremains. It seems possible that the track was used, at least in part, for the transport of timber from the wood to be used as fuel in the lime kiln. Also in the southern part of Tremains Wood, adjacent to one of the bridges, you’ll find the remains of an old stone wall and what appears to be an old sluice gate. It’s likely that at least some of the old boundary banks in the wood were once used to enclose grazing animals such pigs and goats. If you have any information about the history of Tremains Wood please get in touch with us and help us to tell the wood’s story: Visit the contact tab for details.
Where is Tremains Wood?
Tremains Wood is situated in Brackla, Bridgend. If you are using Sat Nav to find Tremains Wood, please use postcode: CF31 2NL Access Access to Tremains Wood from Brackla Triangle Shopping Centre Car Park is a 15 minute walk. Take the road opposite Brackla Community Centre, past Brackla Tabernacle towards Archbishop McGrath School. A footpath on your right before you reach the school will lead you to Tremains Wood. Please see the map for details and for car-parking options. Parking A public car park is available at The Brackla Triangle Shopping Centre. Please see the map for details.
To find out more about Bridgend’s beautiful Local Nature Reserves, please look for the following links on this website: * Frog Pond Wood * Craig y parcau * Kenfig National Nature Reserve * Locks Common
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The LNRs are managed by Bridgend CBC Countryside Team and are a resource for the local community to access nature.
Please contact Bridgend Countryside department on 01656 643643 if you would like to get involved in site management or for more information.