LlyG update – government policy important to community woodlands, June 2016

Posted on June 14, 2016 by

Llais y Goedwig Director David Williams gives his bi monthly round up of key developments important to community woodlands in one easy read update.

This update draws on Llais y Goedwig’s ongoing work with organisations including Natural Resources Wales, Wales Environment link (WEL),  Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), and the National Forestry Policy Group within Welsh Government.

You can read all the woodland policy updates posted by LlyG by visiting here.

Any questions or observations are always welcome. The LlyG network – llygmembers@googlegroups.com – is a good way to do this, or contact David at david.williams@llaisygoedwig.org.uk.

Positive appreciation from Natural Resources Wales

Llais y Goedwig were pleased to have a positive response back from Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales (NRW), in relation to the work done on reviewing the Woodlands and You scheme in Wales (which you can view here).

The review work done – undertaken by LlyG Board members, staff and associates, looked to understand the uptake by local communities – and what factors made this successful in some places and pretty limited in others.

In a letter to the LlyG Board at the end of May, Dr Emyr Roberts set out: “I would like to thank you and your colleagues for all your work on this very useful and timely report and confirm that NRW will explore and take appropriate action on the recommendations highlighted”.

He went on to add “We welcome your feedback and your advice on how best to progress some of the key recommendations of the report….the workshops we are co-developing with you to explore how public sector bodies like ourselves can best engage with communities will also be very helpful”.

This is good news for all in Llais y Goedwig, as it shows that constructively critical engagement with statutory bodies is important and it also makes clear that the strong relationship we have developed with NRW is valuable to get the voice of community woodland groups heard.

We hope that the planned workshops will be a great opportunity for community woodland groups on the ground to share some of their experiences with senior staff in NRW – and together we can see positive outcomes for woodlands and for communities.

He went on to add it has been really important to get feedback from member groups – and thanks to everyone who has contributed to this.

We still need this to happen, so do get in touch if you have experiences with NRW – good or bad – that will help in our ongoing discussions.


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