Llais y Goedwig
Llais y Goedwig
Projects: 2023 and Onwards
Since 2008, Llais y Goedwig has worked to represent the interests of community woodland groups at all levels in Wales. We know that working in partnership with other organisations and initiatives is a great way to ensure a wide range of support and influence for our members. The board and staff work hard to consolidate existing links and partnerships and forge new ones in the forestry and wider voluntary and environmental sectors. We aim to make sure that Community Management of woodlands is a respected and valued part of the forestry sector now and in the future.
Just as the areas of interest and focus of our members is broad, so is the scope of projects and initiatives that Llais y Goedwig has been involved in delivering. We are always looking for new ways to support member groups to start up and grow in a sustainable and productive way with a focus on sharing learning and experience in the areas of research, practical activity, policy advocacy and much more!
We have been fortunate over the years to be in receipt of funding to develop resources to support Community Woodlands in Wales from Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government Core funding and Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing funds, the Rural Development Programme and the EU FP7 programme for the Star-tree project
The funding arena is very different in 2023 and we have moved from purely grant funded income streams to a mixture of grant and contract work with partners to ensure we can continue to support member groups.
From April 2022 we have been working with NRW on the Community Woodland Enabling contract and the Welsh Government initiative My Tree Our Forest programme with the Woodland Trust.
We will also be continuing staff support to groups new and established across the regions of Wales.
Llais y Goedwig maintains a strong connection with our sister organisation in Scotland, the Community Woodlands Association (CWA) and has excellent relationships with other woodland and environmental based organisations; Natural Resources Wales, Coed Cadw, Coed Lleol, Coed Cymru and Wales Environment Link. We also work in collaboration with local partners and organisations across Wales on joint projects and activities; we currently manage Bedford Park on behalf of Bridgend County Borough Council.