Minister to plant 1,000 trees to mark new woodland’s first anniversary

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12 MARCH 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13383

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Environment Minister Jane Davidson will join local children to plant 1,000 trees at a woodland near Tredegar on Tuesday, 16th March.

The event will mark the first anniversary of Coed Bryn Oer which was created last year when the then First Minister, Rhodri Morgan planted 500 trees on the third Plant! site. This year’s event will see a further 1000 native broadleaf trees being planted at the Coed Bryn Oer site.

The Plant! project is a Welsh Assembly Government initiative which aims to create a Welsh National Forest of native trees by planting a tree for every new baby and adopted child in Wales from 1st January 2008. It is being delivered by Forestry Commission Wales and the Woodland Trust.

The idea came from a Cardiff schoolgirl as a way of tackling climate change, with the new woodlands acting as a carbon sink. Each child will receive a certificate, telling them where their tree was planted and it is hoped the project will improve native habitats and build stronger connections between children and their environment.

Children from three local primary schools - Ysgol Y Lawnt, Bryn Bach and Upper Rhymney - will help the Minister to plant trees as part of a fun packed day during which they will also create tree sculptures, take part in drama workshop, try bush craft activities and play environmental games.

The event has been organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Countryside and Landscape service, who hope to use the event to broaden the children’s outlook and encourage them to explore the countryside, as well as to keep fit and healthy.

Speaking about the initiative, the Minister said, "Plant! will help to give children and young people a sense of ownership of the natural environment.

"I hope it will also encourage them and their families to make the most of the beautiful Welsh Countryside and reap the physical and mental benefits of spending time outdoors.

"I am hopeful that engaging children and their families in the Plant! project will encourage a longstanding interest in the environment and a genuine desire to care for it."

Notes to the Editor

PLANT! was launched in December 2007 and aims to plant a tree for every new baby and adopted child in Wales from 1 January 2008.

Further information about how to visit Plant! sites and how to get involved in the project can be found on the Welsh Assembly Government website

The Plant! scheme is being delivered on the Welsh Assembly Government’s behalf by Forestry Commission Wales in partnership with Woodland Trust. It is a commitment in the One Wales programme as part of the Assembly’s drive to achieve a sustainable environment.

50,000 native trees will be planted at Coed Bryn Oer in 2010 and so far 10,878 certificates have been issued for this woodland. As well as Coed Bryn Oer, 23,000 trees have been planted at Coed Cefn Ila, Usk and 10,000 trees at Coed Ysgubor Wen, Tywyn.

For further information, please contact Lajla Cash, PLANT! Project Officer, 01492 281707,