The Welsh government is now working to plant a national forest that would run the length and breadth of the nation. It's planning to connect existing protected woodland environments with large scale tree-planting projects. The whole endeavor is meant to restore natural Wales and fight climate change.
“We have a responsibility to future generations to protect nature from the dangers of our changing climate, but a healthy natural environment will also offer protection to our communities from the dangers we ourselves face,” Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said.
The forests will also help provide habitat for endangered Welsh animals, like the black grouse, Scottish wildcat, red squirrel, and the magnificent capercaillie.
£5 million ($5.7 million) has been allocated to complete the project, while another £10 million will go towards accompanied tree-planting programs.
“The National Forest will be a Wales-wide asset, and communities across the country will be able to take part,” said Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn.
In an interview with the BBC, Prof. Mary Gagen, a climate scientist at the University of Swansea said that the national forest project was a genuinely positive announcement.
“But what’s great is that this project also looks at habitat restoration, at retaining the trees we have at the moment, protecting our ancient forests and connecting areas so wildlife can use them,” she said
“While the plan to create a National Forest for Wales is a Welsh government initiative, the Woodland Trust is very much in support of this,” Rory Francis, Communications Officer at Woodland Trust told GNN. “We were actually working to promote the idea even before the Welsh government and the First Minister personally, adopted the idea.”