The Woodland Trust has launched a petition to the Welsh Assembly calling for a sustainable land use policy which recognises the many benefits that woodlands and trees have to offer. See below for details (Photo: WTML/R Francis)

We're passionate about protecting woods and trees and creating new woods for people and wildlife, but we always need your help.

Wales is one of the least wooded countries in Europe. Woodlands make up just 14% of the landscape and less than half of these are native, or broadleaved. Find out more about them below, and also what you can do to help protect them for the future.

Did you know?

Ancient woodland is irreplaceable and therefore especially valuable and important. Some ancient woods may even date back to the original wildwood that covered much of Wales following the last Ice Age.

Ancient woodland makes up less than 5% of the land area of Wales. However, the Welsh Government’s Planning Policy makes it clear that ancient woodland should be protected from development that would result in significant damage.

The Welsh Government has adopted an ambitious target of creating 100,000 hectares of additional woodland over a 20 year period. The Woodland Trust is keen to help deliver this.

We own over 100 woods in Wales covering an area of 1,580 hectares (3,900 acres). Almost all of these are available for the public to visit at any time and for free.

Ancient and other special trees in Wales could have more protection, if new Government plans go ahead. Please visit our campaign page and show your support before 30 September.

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