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A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over the functions previously carried out by Forestry Commission Wales.
For a limited period some of Natural Resources Wales online services will continue to be provided on this website.

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Wales Map Viewer

The Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) Map Viewer allows you to explore and discover information about Welsh woodlands and forests.  You can display a variety of features on the map and get detailed information about these features.

Access the FCW Map Viewer>>

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Glastir Woodland Creation Mapping and eligibility guide>> (PDF)

Mapping appeals form>> (PDF)

FC Data Download Site>

Site permitting FC staff and the general public to download a range of the FC's spatial datasets for use in GIS


What information can I see?

The map viewer allows you to view the Forestry Commission Wales  Planting Opportunity Maps. These are series of maps that have been agreed with statutory consultees to show where new woodland creation would be acceptable.

If you feel that your site has been wrongly designated as 'no planting' e.g. it is improved land not habitat land, then you can appeal against this.  Appealing will have no affect on your single farm payment and is not a breach of cross compliance.

You can also view the location of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate and where Forestry Commission Wales have provided grant aid through Better Woodlands for Wales.

Included are our Grants and Regulations Woodland Officer Boundaries and Assembly Government Woodland Estate Local Area Managers Boundaries.

How do I use the FCW Map Viewer?

Map legend

You can toggle the map legend on and off using the legend button.

Legend button


Layers of information are organised into folders shown to the right hand side of the map window. To see a specific layer or layers, simply click on a folder to open it and display its content.

Layers folder list for FCS map viewer Navigation

Navigation buttons allow you to zoom in and zoom out of the map and display an area of interest.

zoom in buttonzoom out button

You can use the pan tool to drag the map to a new area.

pan button

For more specific locations, the find button allows you to search by place name, postcode or grid reference.

find button

Information on features

An identify tool is available.  Select this then click on a feature on the map to see more information about that feature.

identify button

Measuring lengths and areas

There are also tools available for you to measure lengths and areas on the map.

The measure tools

How can I get more help?

Some basic hints are available by clicking the hints option below the list of folders.  More detailed help is available via the help option at the top right hand corner of the screen. 

Hints buttonHelp button

If you have a specific query then please use the feedback option above the list of folders.  Please remember to add your email address if you require a reply.

Access the FCW Map Viewer

The viewer will open in a new window.


The Forestry Commission makes no warranty as to the content, accuracy or completeness of the information contained within the map viewer.  The Forestry Commission shall not be liable for any losses or damages (including without limitation consequential loss or damage) whatsoever from the use of or reliance upon the information contained within or derived from this map viewer.

The WAG orthophotography has been produced by COWI A/S from digital photography captured by them in 2006. Licensed by the Welsh Assembly Government.