National Forest for Wales
Ambitious plans are afoot to create a National Forest running the length and breadth of Wales. Backed by the Welsh Government, funds have been allocated for the National Forest to create areas of new woodland and help restore and maintain some of Wales’s incredible ancient woodlands.
It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales and will play a vital role in protecting nature and addressing biodiversity loss.
Glastir Woodland Creation and Restoration Scheme
As part of this ambitious project, funding has also been made available through the Welsh Government’s Glastir Woodland Creation and Restoration Scheme and so we applied for a grant in 2019 to create 3.57 hectares of new native woodland around Woodcock Cabin.
We were ecstatic to be notified in September 2020, that our application had been successful and in early November, we signed on the dotted line and committed to planting a new area of woodland for the future.
"It is fabulous to be part of this exciting vision and such a vitally important movement, one that will have long lasting benefits to both wildlife and people. With careful management, we hope this little piece of woodland will flourish in the future, becoming one of the essential jigsaw pieces required to help create the complex and incredible puzzle that could perhaps one day, form part of the National Forest for Wales."
We will be working closely with Coed Cymru who are kindly acting as our consultants throughout the duration of the project.
A total of 5,700 trees (3.5 hectares) have now been planted, thanks to Coed Cymru and a team of incredible volunteers! The woodland is made up of sessile oak, downey birch, hazel, hawthorn, rowan, crab apple, bird cherry, blackthorn, hawthorn and holly and ongoing maintenance and a woodland management plan will be required to ensure the success and future viability of this new woodland.