The Beauty of Ty Canol Woods
Let there be light… and let there be lichens… and mosses…
It’s the space between the trees plus the light this brings to the woods of Ty Canol that make this such an especially beautiful place.
This woodland, in north Pembrokeshire, is thousands of years old and has through millennia kept its character, thanks to its mix of ancient oaks and continued pasture use. Grazing has prevented the creation of a thick, dark forest and created a perfect environment for lichens and mosses – and the almost artistic decoration they bring to the landscape.
More than 400 species of lichen have been recorded here, many of which are classed as rare, and it is one of the most profuse sites for them in the British Isles.
Together, the trees, lichens and mosses make this a magical place for a walk, even when the trees are bare. In fact, early in the year one can appreciate even more the stunning green decorations on the trees and over the ground.
The woodland of Ty Canol is so old that it was already long established when the nearby Pentre Ifan dolmen (pictured below) was built. This neolithic monument is thought to be either the remains of the entrance to a 3,500BC burial chamber or a set of standing stones whose purpose may never be known.