North West Wales

Betws-y-Coed woodland trail delay after thefts

Model of a woodpecker in Pont y Pair woodland in Betws-y-Coed
Image caption The eight colourful models were taken within a week of being installed in the woodland

The opening of a new woodland trail in Conwy, delayed after thieves stole eight of the 12 model animals, will take place this week.

Originally the trail at Pont y pair woodland in Betws-y-Coed was due to open before Easter.

It has cost the Forestry Commission £400 to have the models remade.

The latest woodland creature models are being attached higher up in the woodland to prevent more theft

Forestry Commission Wales education officer Nichola Maysmor said the stolen models were made of wood, cut-out and painted.

They feature such creatures as a fox, badger and wood pecker - animals and birds which are found in the woodland.

Ladder

"We're putting them (the new models) up on Monday and this time we are getting men to climb the trees to attach them," she said.

"Last time they were not as high up, although they were fairly high as we used a ladder, so whoever took them must have had a ladder too," she added.

School children from Ysgol Ysbyty Ifan, Ysgol Pentrefoelas and Ysgol Gogarth will take place in the delayed launch on Thursday.

The woodland is owned by the Welsh Government.

The puzzle trail is about 600m (1, 968ft) long, and follows the route of the existing all-ability trail which is maintained by the Betws-y-Coed community group.

Leaflets will be sent out to every school in Conwy and can also be obtained from Cunnigham's outdoor shop, and the Betws-y-Coed tourist information centre.

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