Welsh woodlands are a fantastic renewable source of energy and materials. It wasn’t long ago that we relied on timber for much of our buildings and heat energy for homes and industry. Thousands of years of careful harvesting, planting and management created the woodlands we see today. But after the 1940’s most traditional management of native oak, hazel and ash woodland ceased altogether and commercial forestry moved to the fast growing, easily harvested conifer plantations that cover the landscape. We have let this valuable resource go to waste. However, there is a growing understanding, need and desire to bring our native woodlands back into sustainable productive management and our communities are ideally placed to become involved.
The Green Valleys has inspired a number of communities to start managing local woodlands again. With a sustainable management plan and a few basic skills and understanding, these woodlands are being brought back into management to produce woodfuel, charcoal and other timber materials. It has proven to be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and get fresh air and exercise through a rewarding and participatory activity.
The Green Valleys can help you:
- Set up a woodland group
- Write management plans for woodlands to agree the scope of works with the landowner
- Provide training on woodland ecology and management principles
- Provide training in woodland management skills and how to operate safely
- Ongoing support and advice for growing timber, making improvements for wildlife and running events in local woodlands.