Woodland Trust campaign – Keep trees on farms – contact your AM

Posted on May 19, 2015 by

The current interpretation of new European regulations chosen by the Welsh Government could lead to unnecessary felling of trees on Welsh farms.

The Welsh Government has long had a policy of encouraging tree planting and has been explicitly urging farmers to plant trees as part of farming systems, and offering grants to support them.

So we are astonished to see the Welsh Government class land with clusters of three or more trees creating a canopy of over 100m2 as ‘ineligible’ in its guidance for the EU Basic Payment Scheme.

When calculating the land eligible for the scheme, farmers will have to exclude areas with trees – even if they have vegetation under them. This is an over-literal interpretation of European rules which could see trees felled on farms across Wales.

Read more about what’s happening (1MB PDF)

Photo: Rory Francis

 

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