Natalie Buttriss, Director Coed Cadw – Woodland Trust
“The value of trees has not been adequately recognised in land use policy and practice for many years. We know that our planting rates in Wales are at their lowest levels in a generation, and that woodland cover is extremely low by international standards – 14% compared with a 44% average in Europe. We also know that previous agricultural schemes have not incentivised tree planting, despite the multiple benefits they provide."
Delivering for Wales
Delivering now on such a policy is a ‘must’, on advising anyone spending public money, in securing a safer future for us all. Wales has a very real opportunity to be a global model of sustainable land management. Woods and trees should be fully protected in law, where lost suitably restored and integrated into all aspects of Wales’ environment. This should be supported by local knowledge, design and delivery.
Creating a sustainable land use policy in Wales can deliver opportunities, benefits and well-being for our population, whilst addressing environmental restoration right across Wales and the UK.
Quotes from attendees in response to the event
Minister for environment, Hannah Blythyn AM
“I was grateful to Coed Cadw for inviting me to speak at its sustainable land use policy event. I share Coed Cadw’s commitment to this agenda and have placed woodland creation among my top ministerial priorities.
"Our Natural Resources Policy provides an opportunity for woodlands to deliver more public benefits through being integrated with other elements of our natural environment. I urge those who want to work with us on planting trees to apply to our Co-operative Forest Planning Scheme which supports a collaborative approach to planning for woodland creation.”