Energy Wales Statement »The energy system in Wales is on the threshold of great change driven by new energy, technology and low carbon energy transition objectives.Learn more »
£6m to help older people live independently in their home
A £6 million investment to help older people in Wales live independently in their own home, has been announced by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths.
- European approval for new Wales RDP
- Cardiff appoints leading US compound semiconductor expert with Welsh Government support
- £6m to help older people live independently in their home
Section highlightHistoric Environment (Wales) BillThe Bill will support the positive management of change in the Welsh historic environment.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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Woodlands and trees make a big difference not just to our lives but potentially to those of future generations too.
The environments they create offer opportunities for people, businesses and biodiversity. The timber they yield is a renewable resource that helps to lock up carbon.
The Welsh Government’s Woodlands for Wales forestry strategy sets out a bold ambition for how woodlands and trees could contribute even more:
- to the environment
- to the economy of Wales
- to the people of Wales and beyond.
- responding to climate change – coping with climate change and helping reduce our carbon footprint
- woodlands for people – serving local needs for health, education and jobs
- a competitive and integrated forest sector – innovative, skilled industries supplying renewable products from Wales
- environmental quality – making a positive contribution to biodiversity, landscapes and heritage, and reducing other environmental pressures.
The Welsh Government wants to encourage all those interested in our forests to support the delivery of its strategy. This will ensure that we have diverse, well-managed multi-purpose woodlands for now, and for future generations.
Chalera Dieback of Ash
Chalara Dieback of Ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. The Chalera Management Plan for Wales is now available.
For information about the Phytophthora ramorum outbreak in Wales, please visit Natural Resources Wales (external link).
Forest Research is one of the world's leading centres of research into woodlands and forestry. It is the research agency of the Forestry Commission, the UK Government department responsible for forestry. It has teams of experts in the areas of forest sciences and land-use management, whose work focuses on the use of applied science for tree, woodland and forest sustainability. Increasing concerns over climate change and its impacts on the environment make their work relevant, pressing and important. They carry out important research into:
- protecting trees against an increasing number of pests and diseases
- the ecosystem services that forests provide
- the protection of biodiversity in forests
- the contribution that forests make in sequestering carbon.
Visit Forest Research (external link) for more information about its work, or if you would like to know more about tree health, pests and diseases and their identification.