Missing trees found on housing estate

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28 MARCH 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14518

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Some of the missing trees earmarked for planting in the woodlands of mid-Wales have been found still in their bags on a housing estate in Powys.

The Forestry Commission Wales bags containing about 200 sitka spruce trees were spotted by an eagle-eyed passer-by following reports that thousands of young trees had vanished before they could be planted.

The bags were discovered on a housing estate in Newtown just hours after FC Wales issued an appeal for help to catch the culprits.

FC Wales Silviculture Operations Manager Neil Muir and Establishment Manager Matthew Park responded to the tip-off and informed Dyfed-Powys Police, who took away the trees for further investigation.

Neil said, "These trees were destined for planting in forests in mid-Wales as part of our efforts to make our woodlands more resilient to the effects of climate change, as well as providing a range of environmental benefits.

"We're extremely grateful to the member of the public for her help in tracing these trees."

FC Wales aims to plant more than three million trees of over 30 different species throughout Assembly Government woodlands every year as part of its efforts to tackle climate change.


About 14 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

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