New deal for the education workforce »Delivering our ambitions for learners in Wales will need the full commitment of a highly skilled and professional workforce.Learn more »
Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
Many buildings across the Welsh Government’s estate along with Cadw’s monuments will be in darkness this Saturday when lights are switched off in support of the WWF’s Earth Hour.
- New plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty
- £5million loan scheme to improve local sport facilities and get Wales active
- Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
- Consultation on the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales - 2015
- Changes to the Producer Responsibility regimes for batteries and packaging
- Consultation on a Private Rented Sector Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents
- Call for evidence on the use and effectiveness of Civil Sanctions for environmental offences
- Proposed changes to homelessness data collections
- The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2015
Section highlightRegulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) BillThe Bill will improve the quality of care and support in Wales and strengthen protection for citizens.
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.