Raising the profile
Telling people about community woodlands
The community woodland movement in Wales is relatively young – we know that many people (both forestry professionals and the general public) have never heard of community woodlands.
Llais y Goedwig raises the profile of community woodlands by organising local networking events hosted by LlyG members (and well publicised in the local press). Local networking events are a friendly and practical way for people to hear about community woodlands.
Creating awareness of community woodlands at big national events such as the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show is also important.
Raising the profile of community woodlands among policy makers is vital. The Board of Directors tries to keep abreast of policy developments and to attend meetings where it is important that ‘the voice of community woodlands’ is heard.
Forming partnerships with organisations that support community woodlands in Wales is also key to ‘spreading the word’ about community woodlands.
Do contact Llais y Goedwig if you are interested in partnering or suggesting ideas to help Llais y Goedwig with this work. It is a challenge to raise the profile of community woodlands without the kind of resources large organisations have for advertising and promotional campaigns.
Local networking events
If you would like to host a Llais y Goedwig networking event or if you are keen to raise the profile of community woodlands in your area and need some assistance (with promotional materials or a speaker) contact Llais y Goedwig via the Network Coordinator.
Inviting your local councilors, Assembly Members, or local authority staff to your woodlands really helps to raise the profile of community woodlands and publicise the benefits they can bring.
Royal Welsh Agricultural Show
The ‘Royal Welsh’ is the biggest agricultural show in the United Kingdom. It is a great annual opportunity to raise the profile of community woodlands with the visiting public and with other organisations in the forestry sector.
Llais y Goedwig network members ‘man’ one of the liveliest stands in the forestry sector! All network members are invited – join Llais y Goedwig to receive information on how you can take part.
Using social media