Welcome to Save Kilvey Hill

A website for the protection of Kilvey Hill.

Kilvey Woods

“Planting trees where they aren’t is often a good idea, and that will take up CO2… But a much more efficient thing to do, to have a larger effect for the same effort, is to stop cutting down trees. It’s almost silly to think about [planting a huge number of new trees] while we’re just burning and destroying them everywhere, releasing carbon at rates that are much higher than what new growth would take up.”

MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering Charles Harvey

Kilvey woods is one of Swansea’s largest urban fringe woodlands and is a designated Site of Importance for Nature Conservation . It has the most beautiful footpaths in Swansea city centre (see below for pictures), and a walk through the woods will leave your ears ringing with birdsong (birds such as skylark, night jar, linnet, peregrine, redwing, song thrush, fieldfare, raven and whitethroat). It is a nature rich site – the rare blue butterfly, for example, has been recorded here – and a young but established woodland with an existing management plan to slowly return it to native broadleaf trees as the old plantation pines die out. It has magnificent views over Swansea bay and in every other direction you look. It is a quiet and peaceful place where Swansea residents can get away from it all, reconnect with nature, enjoy the views in peace, and de-stress. This will all be destroyed by the buildings, cable cars, steel pylons, concrete ‘Go Kart’ style tracks, restaurants, and so on that are being planned by Skyline and Swansea Council.

We are facing an uncertain era of climate change, species loss, and massive unprecedented destruction of the biosphere that threatens the future of life as we know it. This is happening in every town and city, and has now reached a stage where scientists all over the world are telling us it has to stop or we face a very uncertain future. Against this backdrop are we really going to turn a blind eye and allow Kilvey Hill to be added to the list of blighted and destroyed ecosystems? The council declared a climate and nature emergency in June 2019 and again in November 2021. In the city centre, they have put out planters and information boards to encourage biodiversity and to celebrate and inform people of our natural heritage. Yet at the same time they are supporting a project that will destroy a woodland area the size of 11 football fields on Kilvey Hill and leave it permanently blighted. All of this work and effort pales into insignificance by the ecological destruction that will be reaped on Kilvey Hill if this development goes ahead. That brings Swansea council’s stated claims about climate change and biodiversity into disrepute and means it is questionable whether these aspirations are anything more than empty words.

As the quote at the top of this page says, the most effective way to protect our biodiversity and to fight climate change is to protect our exisiting woodlands and natural places. We need responsible leaders and communities who protect their green spaces for future generations. This page is a small celebration of the existing ecology on the top of Kilvey Hill where the bulk of the development will take place. I hope it will inspire more and more people to take action to stop this development from taking place and to protect the natural magic of Kilvey Hill.

If you’re not convinced about the vitally import role protecting our existing woodlands and ecosystems play in fighting climate change, then please watch this short 4 minute video from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot that explains why.