Can´t see the rock for the trees?

by Mick Ryan Trees at Tremadog Ever had to fight your way to the base of the crag through thick dense undergrowth? Or even ever failed to find the crag on a hillside of dense foliage? In our human-modified environment woodlands are managed for many reasons. Left alone many woodlands can become dark impenetrable jungles home to few species and can hide beautiful rock features that are pleasing to the eye. The BMC and many climbers around the UK are involved in appropriate woodland management that can improve climbing opportunities and at the same time increase species diversity and enhance landscape values. Following on from work at Cheddar Gorge and Wintours Leap climbersstarted work recently at the cliffs of Tremadog in North Wales. Over 20 climbers, after discussions with conservation bodies, crag owners and the National Park, set to work clearing brambles and ivy from routes at Bwlch y Moch. Driven by the BMC backed North Wales Climbers Action Group (NWCAG) routes such as The Neb, Neb Direct, Anagram, Final Exam, Grotto, Grotto Direct, Tremudrock Finish, The Mongoose, Emily Street, Brother Direct and Smarter than the Average Bear are all vegetation free and ready to be climbed again. Further work is planned including the opening up of the bottom of the crag to sunshine by selective pruning and clearing by a professional arborist and funded by the BMC. You are also invited to do your bit and have full licence to trim or remove brambles or ivy. To further this important work the BMC under their Access & Conservation programme are funding research for a publication focusing on the management of woodland and vegetation on and around cliffs used by rock climbers in England and Wales. More details from the BMC at their website ( Source: BMC )