Glastir woodland creation grants can amount to up to £9,000 per hectare
The Welsh Government’s Woodlands for Wales Strategy, launched last year, aspires to increase woodland cover in Wales by at least 2,000 ha a year from 2020 to 2030. It proposes an increase in tree cover in the wider environment, on farms, the rural landscape and in areas around towns and cities, both to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and also to create a resilient and productive agriculture and towns that are healthier and more pleasant to live in. The Glastir woodland creation grants are intended to encourage landowners to help deliver this.
Sharon Thomas, the Woodland Trust’s woodland outreach manager for Wales, says: “It’s brilliant that Gillian Clarke is setting such a wonderful example to other landowners. Native trees can offer us so many benefits, reducing flood risk, improving water quality and providing superb habitats for wildlife, as well of course as a renewable source of valuable timber.
"At a time when, sadly, there is huge uncertainly around farming in Wales, the Glastir woodland creation scheme offers a great opportunity to farmers and other landowners to make use of all of their land in ways that are sustainable both economically and environmentally.
"Glastir woodland creation grants can amount to up to £9,000 per hectare. The Woodland Trust can offer free advice and support in making use of these, and we’re finding there is an increasing interest in this among landowners. There’s more about the help we can offer landowners online at: woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees”
Notes to editors
Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife. The Trust has three key aims: i) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, ii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life, iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares. These include over 100 sites in Wales, with a total area of 2,897 hectares (7,155 acres). It offers free public access to nearly all of its sites. The Trust’s Welsh language name, “Coed Cadw”, is an old Welsh term, used in medieval laws to describe protected or preserved woodland.