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Trees Outside Woods Project

Over the coming months the Snowdonia National Park Authority and the Woodland Trust will work in collaboration to implement a special new project with the aim of planting more trees and hedgerows within a designated area of the National Park.

Why are trees and hedgerows important?

As well as helping to combat climate change and mitigating flooding, trees and hedgerows form an essential part of the countryside ecosystem. Hedgerows also play an important role in connecting habitats in a fragmented landscape.

But with the rapid spread of ash dieback disease many of our mature trees are endangered, and so one of the aims of the project is to supplement those trees that will be lost to this disease.

Trees and hedgerows provide lots of practical benefits too, including protecting livestock from weather extremes, aiding biosecurity, mitigating flooding, and enhancing soil, carbon and water resources.

©Robert Forgrave

What will be funded through the project?

Thanks to funding by the People’s Postcode Lottery – the Woodland Trust will fund over £25,000 worth of fencing work overall to protect the new trees and hedgerows while they become established. The trees will be supplied from the Snowdonia National Park Authority’s tree nursery at Plas Tan y Blwch, with the aim of planting 8,000 native trees and 1,800 metres of hedgerow.

Who is eligible to take part in the project?

Anyone who owns a parcel of land within the project area can apply to partake in the project, and applications will be assessed against a set criteria.

The project area encompasses 27 Community Councils and runs from Beddgelert to the north, all the way south to Pennal and Aberdyfi, and stretches to the east as far as Rhydymain and Mawddwy (see map below).

Ardal Prosiect Coed Cefn Gwlad - Trees Outside Woods Project Area

Interested? What to do next?

To express an interest or for more information you can contact our Tree and Woodland Officer, Rhydian Roberts on 01766 770 274 or email by Monday the 13th of September 2021