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Our woodlands are a key natural resource and the Woodlands for Wales Strategy remains our vision for Welsh woodlands for the next 50 years.

We work in partnership with our stakeholders such as Wales Forest Business Partnership, Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor) and Coed Cymru, to add value to the delivery of the our forestry strategy, Woodlands for Wales.

We want Wales to be known for its high quality woodlands that:

  • enhance the landscape
  • provide real social and community benefits
  • support thriving woodland-based industries
  • contribute to a better quality environment.

With its estate of 117,000 hectares, we are Wales’s largest woodland landowner. However 62% of the country’s woods are in other ownership including:

  • private estates
  • softwood plantations
  • farm woodlands
  • charity ownership
  • local authority-owned woods and small private landowners.

Timber production from both sectors has an effect on the timber price in Wales (which is affected by many other factors too). The type and amount of timber grown, and the rate at which it is cut and sold, has an influence on the processing industry.

Our woodland estate will continue to be managed and maintain certification in accordance with the UK Forestry Standard which endorses sustainable forest management:

  • We support the use of timber from Welsh woodlands in construction.
  • We ensure that the use of Welsh timber in sustainable construction is jointly promoted and supported through our programmes. The aim is to promote and to stimulate the market to make more use of Welsh timber in construction and to develop a strategy to support this.  
  • We value highly the jobs and economic benefit that forestry and the wood processing industry provide to Wales. 

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