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7. Coed Cefn Ila

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Cefn Ila is situated near Usk, Monmouthshire.

About Cefn Ila

Cefn Ila was purchased by Coed Cadw /Woodland Trust in 2007. Formerly 28.77 ha (72 acres) of improved grassland, the creation of a new native woodland will enhance the landscape while keeping open superb views of the rolling Usk valley countryside. Two ancient oak trees stand amongst the newly planted trees which, together with the surrounding woodland and hedgerows will provide a rich source of wildlife as the woodland develops.

The wood was designed with the help of the local community and they have also helped plant many trees at the site together with children from local schools.

A total of 23,844 trees have been planted at the site as part of the Plant! project. Cefn Ila was the first Plant! woodland , and in 2013 this new woodland celebrated its 5th anniversary.

Directions to Cefn Ila

From Usk take the road towards Llangybi. Just as you get into Llanbadoc, take the first right hand turning (opposite church) and continue along this road.  After about ¾ of a mile there is a cottage on the right hand side, turn right up the lane. The entrance to Cefn Ila is approx 100m up the track where there is a small car park.

You can also get to Coed Cefn Ila along the public footpath that runs from Usk.

If you have a bicycle, you can reach Cefn Coed Ila on the  national cycle network.The road which passes the site is on Regional Cycle Route 30. There are trains from Cardiff, Swansea and Abergavenny which take you to Newport or Cwmbran from which you will need to get a bus to Usk.

OS Grid Reference: S036351 00248 (external link).


Like all Coed Cadw (Woodland Trust) (external link) woods, Cefn Ila is open to everyone for free, informal recreation, 365 days of the year. The site consists of a number of gently sloping fields and an all ability path.