Towards a Charter for Trees, Woods and People in Wales and across the UK

Posted on December 21, 2015 by

As a grassroots community woodland network we know that people and trees are stronger together – but our woods and trees are facing unprecedented pressures. They risk being neglected, undervalued and forgotten. Here Rosie Strang, LlyG Network Coordinator, introduces an upcoming campaign – a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People, and the opportunities to get involved.

It’s time for us to stick up for trees.

The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw in Wales) is leading more than 40 organisations from across all sectors of society, including Llais y Goedwig, in a call to create a Charter that roots trees at the centre of national decision making, and back at the heart of our lives and communities. This campaign will take place in 2016, with the Charter created in 2017.

Linking in with the Llais y Goedwig Manifesto & welsh woodlands

Llais y Goedwig ‘s  Manifesto for the Forests of Wales affirms the crucial role trees, woodlands and forests play in sustaining our communities, our economy, and our environment. Woodlands sit at the heart of Welsh culture and society – their potential to build the wellbeing of future generations starts with greater public and community involvement.

This is why Llais y Goedwig are supporting the call for a Charter.

Opportunities for groups to get involved

1. Share your stories

The Charter will be rooted in stories and memories. Have you got a treasured memory that wouldn’t have been the same without trees?

Share them here – http://treecharter.uk/share-your-story

2. Become a Charter Champion

Both experienced community woodland groups and woodland practitioners, and new enthusiasts have the opportunity to bring people together to discover and celebrate the woods and trees, and sign up to become a Charter Champion, ensuring that your community is represented in this historic Charter.

You will have the chance to inspire your friends, family and neighbours to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to define the future for woods and trees in the UK.

You will find guidance and information on the community page of Charter website from January 2016, to inspire and support your local activities, and to help you create a lasting legacy in your community.

Funding will be available for local events, activities and projects that reconnect people and trees now and in the future.

You’ll be part of a UK-wide network of groups leading local events and you will represent your community in the national conversation about the future of woods and trees.

3. Come to the Orientation day for charter champions in Wales

Learn how to lead your community in calling for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

Saturday 6th February 2016, Garwnant Visitor Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Orientation days are 10:00 to 16:00. Refreshments and lunch provided.

Some budget will be available to reimburse travel expenses, awarded on a needs basis.

Meet other Charter Champions in your region, and receive training, inspiration and resources to enable you to form a Charter Branch and rally your community in sticking up for trees!

For more details or to apply for a place visit the Charter website

 

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