Aled’s a new treecruit

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14 JUNE 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14683

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Little Aled Peter Phelps announced his arrival on his family tree in the most appropriate way possible – by sporting a Forestry Commission Wales babygro.

Aled’s mother, Sheena O’Leary, is an Education Officer in the FC Wales Woodlands for Learning (WfL) team working with schools in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

But when she told colleagues of the new addition to her family, they immediately set about making plans to enrol Aled as an honorary member of the team.

Aled was Sheena’s first child when he was born on 9 April, weighing 7lb 6oz – and he was soon looking the part in his FC Wales green uniform, complete with the Commission’s two-tree logo.

Sheena, who lives in Cardiff with her partner, George, has worked for FC Wales for over six years, introducing the benefits of learning in an outdoor environment to thousands of children who have discovered the educational value of our woodlands.

Just weeks before giving birth, Sheena took part in a green woodworking training day where she carved a small stool out of a beech log, which she hopes Aled will be able to use when he is older.

Sheena said, “It was a wonderful surprise to receive a Forestry Commission-style babygro for Aled.

“I’m incredibly proud of him and really hope he gets an opportunity to work for an organisation like the Forestry Commission when he grows up. It’s a wonderful environment to work in with many exciting careers to choose from and great people to work with.”

Sue Williams, head of the WfL team, said, "We thought it would be great to make Aled an honorary member of the team while his mother is away on maternity leave."

Caption: Sheena is pictured with Aled in his FC Wales babygro.


A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.

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

The Woodlands for Learning team delivers woodland-based learning experiences throughout Wales, supports the development and delivery of Forest School and facilitates the Forest Education Initiative on behalf of its partners.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on the Forestry Commission Wales website on

For more information on the Woodlands for Learning team, contact Sue Williams on 0300 068 0109 or email

Media enquiries to Forestry Commission Wales press officer Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email