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The Dyfi to Dwyryd Treescape project

We aim to help others expand and restore woodland habitat in Wales, from the mountain ranges to the sea estuaries, and improve biodiversity, all while supporting the wider community. 

With the support of Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Dyfi to Dwyryd Treescape project looks to expand and connect more trees and wooded habitats. The project focuses on an area enveloped by the two main artery rivers – the Dyfi to the south and the Dwyryd to the north. 

The Dyfi to Dwyryd landscape includes a thriving mosaic of diverse habitats, with a core of precious Celtic rainforest. Fragments of ancient woodland cling to gullies and river valleys that drip with ferns and lichens.

Small towns and villages are dotted throughout this area, with the mountainous peaks of Eryri National Park (Snowdonia) drawing visitors from far and wide. We want to work with the local people to embrace natural processes, nature-friendly habitat management and sustainability.

One of the least-wooded countries in Europe

Woodlands make up just 14% of the Welsh landscape and less than half of these are native.

Why is the project important?

Much of Wales was once a thriving temperate rainforest or rich wooded habitat. In recent years, we've seen catastrophic nature loss, with our trees and their benefits declining due to:

  • pests and diseases, such as ash dieback
  • habitat fragmentation 
  • climate change
  • changes in land use for agriculture and development.

Our Dyfi to Dwyryd Treescape project will attempt to help restore the missing valuable habitat links in the landscape, while restoring and protecting the remaining ancient woodland and the nature-based livelihoods of rural communities.

What we're doing 

We're making sure that we have more of the right trees in the right place, so that habitats, wildlife and people who depend on them flourish.

Protecting biodiversity

We're working with landowners to help map, restore and protect pockets of existing ancient woodland.

By planting trees and encouraging natural regeneration in a considered way, we are improving resilience so that woodlands and the wildlife within them survive and thrive by:

  • promoting diverse native species mixes
  • developing mixed-age woodlands
  • enhancing and establishing hedgerows and shelterbelts to connect existing wooded habitats.

Supporting landowners

Through our MOREwoods and other grant schemes we can help local landowners, farmers and nature to reap the long-term benefits of tree establishment, by making funding accessible, supplying saplings and offering expert advice.

We support the management of habitats in a way that is mutually beneficial to both landowners and nature by providing a site-specific approach, and by directing individuals to the most appropriate scheme. 

Enhancing wellbeing

We want to increase wooded habitats and canopy cover, in both rural areas and villages and towns, to help communities reconnect with trees and woods so they can unlock their vast wellbeing, cultural, economic and social benefits.

Who we're working with

Community woodland groups

In 2020 we joined forces with Llais y Goedwig, Wales' community woodland network, for the CommuniTree Project, which empowers communities to source and grow seeds and native trees and set up nurseries for local projects.

Farmers and landowners

We work with a network of farms to demonstrate the best way to record, protect, enhance and monitor farm trees for the benefit of both the business and environment.


We're also working with the Mid Wales Landscape Scheme to give people access to free native trees, from one tree for their garden to a whole hedgerow for their farm or smallholding.


We work collaboratively with many organisations who share our same values so we can continue to create, restore and protect woods and trees for people and wildlife, together. From Eryri National Park Authority and RSPB Cymru to the exciting co-design partnership Tir Canol and many others.

Explore how people are making a difference

From individuals to partners, people are getting involved in creating a treescape for the future. Discover how.

How you can get involved

We have trees for individuals, schools, communities and landowners. By working in collaboration with you, since 1972, we've planted more than 55 million trees across the UK. By working together, we can drive nature recovery in Wales. 

You can also help by recording notable trees on the Ancient Tree Inventory and by volunteering in your local area.

If you would like to get involved as a partner in Wales and need support to incorporate trees into your plans, contact us at

We're also keen to speak to woodland owners in Wales to help identify if your woodland is ancient and offer advice on protection and management. Email for more information on how we can help.

Visit woods in Wales

We look after several woods in the Dyfi to Dwyryd area, all free for you to explore and enjoy. Find a wood to visit.

If you're not able to visit, take our virtual tour of Coed Felenrhyd & Llennyrch.