The Welsh Government should urgently rethink its woodland strategy and aim to significantly increase planting rates, according to a National Assembly committee.
A new report calls on the Welsh Government to be more ambitious on woodland policy in Wales and address barriers to increasing planting, which can bring environmental benefits, improve well-being and support businesses in Wales.
The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee launches its report, ‘Branching out: a new ambition for woodland policies’, at the Royal Welsh Show.
Recommendations for the Welsh Government include:
- The need for greater clarity on how to use trees as a nature-based solution to flooding.
- That the Welsh Government commits to ensuring a minimum of 20 percent tree cover in Wales’ towns and cities by 2030, because of the substantial environmental, social, economic and health benefits they can bring.
- The need to extend and better manage access to public woodlands, especially for marginalised groups;
- The Welsh Government should consider developing a National Forest Company to help regenerate the south Wales valleys.
- Agree ambitious targets with the forestry sector for Wales to become increasingly self-sufficient in timber.