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Wentwood Forest, near Newport is under threat. A total of 352 hectares of the ancient woodland in south Wales is for sale. The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) has already collected £500,000 towards the site's £1.5m asking price.

The largest ancient wood remaining in Wales, Wentwood Forest is home to 23 species of native butterfly and 75 species of birds and other protected species.

There is concern that the site could be purchased by a firm which could carry out commercial forestry in the area.

The Woodland Trust has arranged a public meeting to discuss the appeal with the local community at Caerwent village hall on Tuesday night.

Ancient woodland is described as land which has been continuously wooded since 1600 AD in Wales and England or 1750 AD in Scotland.

The Wentwood Forest was once part of a vast area of woodland which ran from the river Usk in south Wales to the Wye Valley.

The Woodland Trust, which was set up in 1972, runs 129 sites in Wales, with a total area of 1,580 hectares.

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