Woodlands in Wales are an important asset to our culture, wildlife, well-being and society. They can help improve the environment that surrounds us by improving the quality of our air, provide a safe haven for our nature and help combat climate change.
Sadly, in our modern society, many of the trees that once formed beautiful woodlands in Wales have been removed to provide suitable locations for developers. This causes a ripple effect of changes not just to us but to the habitants that once called these wooded areas, home.
Another issue that we face is the lack of use of our woodlands by local communities causing footpaths to become overgrown removing access to the public.
Examples of activities/projects to protect woodlands;
- Get involved with current projects in your area.
- Discuss your thoughts on how to improve your local woodland with environmental groups in your area.
- Clean up existing woodlands with routine litter picking events.
- Maintain footpaths to provide access to local wooded areas or contact your local authority to report any obstructions.
- Promote activities in the area. A walking group, geocaching or even a green gym would help put local areas to good use at the same time as improving the health & well-being of participants.
- Plant trees in disused areas or existing woodlands.
- Survey trees in your local community to help prevent the spread of diseases.
It’s important that you seek guidance from professional organisations, community groups and the local authority to obtain permission to carry out any activities you may plan in your area.
To help with the sustainability of your activity/project, consider all possible outcomes and issues you may face through the lifecycle of your tasks.
Example; if you’re planning on setting up a walking group, make sure that any public liability insurance you may need is in place. Map out your route and consider accessibility for all of your participants.
Depending on what goals have been set for your activity/project, you may be able to obtain funding to help get you started. Whether it is cash for litter picking equipment or the supply of trees, there are some really useful resources available to you. Find funding solutions.
Get involved with others
Liaise with other community groups or professionals that are running a similar activity/project to your own and see how they do it. Don’t be shy to ask for support.
Generate involvement and awareness
Organise a group meeting or attend networking events to promote you activity/project to others. This can be highly beneficial to improve its awareness and recruit local volunteers.