Find out about funding for tree planting at the Smallholder and Garden Show

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7 APRIL 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13487

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Would you like to do your bit for the environment and plant more trees on your land? Then come along to the Forestry Commission Wales stand at the Smallholder and Garden Show in Builth Wells and find out how to apply for funding to create your own woodland.

Woodland Officers will be on hand to give advice on grants for planting trees and managing existing woodlands via the Better Woodlands for Wales scheme.

Those who join this scheme get a management plan that identifies the work to be carried out and the grant aid and professional help available.

Pete Jones, Woodland Officer, Forestry Commission Wales, said, "The Smallholder and Garden Show is a great event and we really enjoy meeting people there.

"We get a lot of enquiries during the week-end from people who want to know more about planting trees or managing woodlands on their land."

This year, the Forestry Commission Wales team will be based in the Green Horizons Eco Exhibition (Exhibition Hall 3).

In previous years, the team has been based in the pavilion at the entrance to the forestry section but this has recently been dismantled.  It is being reconstructed as a forestry training building for Mid Wales and Marches Assessment Centre Limited in Newbridge-on-Wye.

The Smallholder and Garden Show takes place on 15 and 16 May at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. More information about the show can be found at

For more details on the BWW grant scheme please contact 0300 068 0300 or


Forestry Commission Wales

About 14% 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.

Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to the private sector and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.

Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

Press office contact: Mary Galliers,  0300 068 0057