Get help to plant trees and create woodland

The Welsh Government has committed to planting 2000 hectares of trees per year, increasing to 4000 as soon as possible.

Planting sustainably grown and managed mixed woodlands is a crucial part of our response to the climate emergency and helps slow water flow, reducing the impact of flooding while providing timber for low carbon building.

Read more about the benefits of increasing the number of trees in Wales

The organisations below will help you find sources of support, funding and guidance for your woodland creation project.

If you are new to tree planting, you can get advice from a number of organisations, including ourselves. We are here to help. Please get in touch and we can help you get started.

Find a wealth of information for all scales of woodland proposals on our website.

Professional help with tree planting

You can find professional assistance from a number of organisations:

Coed Cymru
Advice for farmers, woodland owners and managers, community groups and timber businesses.

Woodland Trust
Get advice on all aspects of tree planting and buy UK grown saplings from the Woodland Trust.

Llais y Goedwig (Community woods)
Get advice, support and resources on creating and maintaining a community woodland from the network of community woodlands.

Register of woodland planners
Find a list of Glastir registered foresters on the Welsh Government website

Farming Connect
Support for farmers and foresters on all financial aspects of establishing and managing woodlands.

Institute of Chartered Foresters
Find a directory of qualified forestry consultants on the ICF website.

Community Planting

The following organisations offer information, advice and support for community groups creating or managing existing woodlands.

Llais y Goedwig (Community woods)
Get advice, support and resources on creating and maintaining a community woodland from the network of community woodlands.

PATT foundation
Get community group support from the Plant a Tree Today Foundation.

Keep Wales Tidy – Tiny Forests
Find out about tiny forests (dense, native woodland, the size of a tennis court, with 1,000 trees of 25 different species).

9Trees
Find information on 9Trees who will cover the cost of trees, stakes, guards and fencing as well as the pre and post-management of the woodland.

The Queen's Green Canopy
Find out about an initiative to encourage individuals, schools and communities to plant trees to commemorate the Queen's platinum jubilee in 2022.

Down to Earth
Find out about charity, Down to Earth work with schools, colleges, universities and community groups to transform their own spaces.

Checking Land Suitability

You can look for suitable land or check that the piece of land you are thinking about is suitable for woodland creation on the Woodland Opportunity Map.

Lle Woodland Opportunity Maps
Find areas of Wales which are most suited to new woodland creation

Funding your project

Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme
Find information on the Glastir Scheme, offering financial support for capital investments to create new woodland.

Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme current 
Information on applying for the current round of Glastir funding

Woodland Creation Planning Pilot Scheme
Information on a new Welsh Government Scheme to encourage woodland creation over 2 hectares in size. You can submit an expression of interest ahead of the scheme being launched in 2022.

Carbon Store
Carbon Store works with companies and landowners to design, plant and manage new woodlands or to plan, implement, and oversee peatland restoration projects.

Heritage Fund Community Woodlands
Find out about grants for not-for-profit organisations restoring, creating, and managing woodlands in Wales.

Woodland Trust
Find information on grants and funding for large scale tree planting on the Woodland Trust website

Find information on support, packs and funding for school or community group planting on the Woodland Trust website

The Tree Council
Find out about grants offered for schools, community groups and Tree Warden Networks to plant trees, hedges and orchards. 

Various crowd-funding platforms are available. These are increasingly popular for community projects.

Understanding species choice

Selecting the right tree for your location is crucial to the success of your project, the following can provide initial advice.

You can also check with your forest planner or contact our Woodland Creation Team.

Tree Council – Tree planning guide
Download a guide to tree planting from the Tree Council

Forest Research
Get web-based information and support on planning which trees to grow where from Forest Research's Ecological Site Classification Decision Support System

Environment Systems
Find detailed research and information on tree suitability from consultancy firm Environment Systems

Land managers

Register of woodland planners
Find a list of Glastir registered foresters on the Welsh Government website

Farming Connect
Support for farmers and foresters on all financial aspects of establishing and managing woodlands.

Coed Cymru
Advice for farmers, woodland owners and managers, community groups and timber businesses.

Severn Rivers Trust
Get on-site advice and support on the creation of dedicated farm and water management plans, identifying potential for habitat creation, natural flood management and carbon capture

Commercial Planting

If you are looking to learn more about larger scale operational forestry, the following organisations can help.

Confor (Confederation of Forest Industries)
Membership organisation for sustainable forestry and wood using businesses.

Woodland Trust
Find information on grants and funding for large scale tree planting on the Woodland Trust website

Regulations and Certification

The following links provide information on the regulations governing woodland creation and any certification that you may need to consider.

UK Forestry Standard
The United Kingdom Forestry Standard is the standard reference material for sustainable forest management in the UK. It outlines the context for forestry, sets out the approach of the UK governments to sustainable forest management, defines standards and requirements, and provides a basis for regulation and monitoring.

Download the UK Forestry Standard from Gov.uk


Environmental Impact Assessments
To protect Wales' environment and natural resources, it is important that an assessment is made of the impacts of potential projects and plans.

Read about Environmental Impact Assessments for forestry projects


UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS)
UKWAS is an independent certification standard for verifying sustainable woodland management in the UK. It is used for both Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certification.

Find out more about UKWAS on their website

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
PEFC endorse national forest certification systems and provide databases of certificate holders and quality assurance badge holders.

Find PEFC endorsed certification schemes on the PEFC website

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council provide certification that a forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.

Get advice on sustainable forestry from the Forest Stewardship Council

Glastir Woodland Creation guide
The Welsh Government Glastir Woodland Creation scheme guide explains what you need to do and when, to get your planting scheme right first time.

Download the Glastir Woodland Creation Guide for schemes over a quarter of a hectare


Glastir Woodland Creation planners’ guide
Find out how to identify environmental sensitivities which may affect your proposed site in the Glastir Woodland Creation planners’ guide (GN0002)

Download 'Providing additional evidence to support Glastir Woodland Creation applications (GN009)'
identifies priority habitats and sets out how to provide photographs and commission an ecological survey to provide evidence for the verification of a GWC's scheme in compliance with the UK Forestry Standard

Woodland Carbon Code
Woodland Carbon Code is the quality assurance standard for woodland creation projects in the UK, and generates independently verified carbon units.
Register with the Woodland Carbon Code on their website

Skills and Training

The following organisations may be able to help you develop your skills in woodland creation and forest management

Institute of Chartered Foresters
Find information on training, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities on the ICF website.

Focus on Forestry First
Find information on training and skills development for anyone involved in any sector of the Welsh trees & timber industry.

MWMAC Ltd
Find information on training for land-based industries in Wales, the UK and Europe on MWMac's website

Forest Park Garden Training
Find on-site (near Cardiff) training courses in practical elements of forest management 

Ancient Tree Forum

The Ancient Tree Forum

Raises awareness of the value of old trees, lobbies for their protection, records their locations, provides advice on their management, trains those who look after them, and provides opportunities for people to enjoy them.

Find out more about the work of the Ancient Tree Forum on their website.

Urban trees

Read our information on the benefits of urban trees along with studies on good examples and current urban tree cover.

Gov.uk
Find out about trees and forests in and around urban areas - their benefits and ways to protect and manage them.

Trees for Cities
Get help to plant trees in urban environments from the charity Trees for Cities

Defra’s Urban Tree Manual: The Right Tree in the Right Place for a Resilient Future
Download Defra's manual on choosing the right location and species of tree for urban planting

Treezilla
Find out about the citizen science project aiming to encourage members of the public, local authorities, business, local groups and other organisations to collaborate in mapping, measuring and monitoring trees

Who can help you locally

We have been at the heart of developing a series of innovative Area Statements covering seven separate, yet hugely diverse parts of the country.

Each Area Statement outlines the key challenges facing that particular locality, what we can all do to meet those challenges, and how we can better manage our natural resources for the benefit of future generations.

The links below enable you to contact the area statement team in your area, the team will be able to provide you with links to groups in your area and also provide you with support and guidance for your project.

North East

Mid Wales

South Central

North West

South East

South West

Contact us

If you would like to contact the Woodland Creation Team in Natural Resources Wales you can send your enquiry to woodlandcreation.hub@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

The above organisations are listed for information only and are not endorsed by us. The list is not comprehensive and will be added to over time. We welcome any suggestions of organisations that you may have found useful and will consider including them as we improve our website. Please email suggestions to the address above.

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