Coed Cymru is a National Welsh Initiative supported by statutory bodies, governmental organisations and private companies across Wales.
It offers free help and advice on the management of woodlands and the sustainable use of woodland products. It covers the whole spectrum from the growth of new trees through to high quality Welsh hardwood products.
“Coed Cymru has been advocating sensible and sustainable woodland management for 21 years throughout Wales, focusing on the management of neglected native woodlands and the continual development of the hardwood processing sector.
We strive to offer real understanding of the social, commercial and environmental importance of woodlands in Wales.
Our aim is to rebuild a culture of woodland management in Wales which will improve and perpetuate our woodlands. If the benefits can be made to exceed the costs we will achieve our objective.”
Coed Cymru is a partnership of organisations dedicated to bringing Welsh broadleaf woodlands into sustainable management. It was founded in 1985 and established as a company limited by guarantee and a charity in 1989.
Following a century of neglect and plunder, the majority of Welsh broadleaf woodlands had been left in a state of serious decline where 85% showed no significant recruitment of young trees
Coed Cymru began in 1985 as a campaigning body whose role was to heighten awareness of native woodlands, particularly among the farming community who own most of these woodlands in Wales. In 1986 a network of woodland advisors were established, based in County Council and National Park offices.
The Coed Cymru Central office at Tregynon in Powys provides the communication, technical and administrative support necessary to maintain the cohesion of the organisation.
There are 123,000 hectares of broadleaf woodland in Wales, 34,413 hectares which is designated Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW). It is our most diverse terrestrial habitat.
Over 6,148 woodland management and tree planting projects have been instigated, in all, just over 24,773 hectares, equivalent to 20% of the total broadleaved woodland area for Wales.
More than 400 businesses now regularly use Welsh hardwoods, including many recent converts.
Coed Cymru is funded by the partners: Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and National Parks in Wales, Forestry Commission Wales (FCW), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and the Environment Agency Wales.
Telephone: 01597 827572
Fax: 01597 827557
Coed Cymru Officer