The Woodland Strategy Advisory Panel advises on trees and woodlands.

What we do

The Panel has 17 members. Their interests and experience span most of the diverse roles of woodlands in Wales.

They advise on:

  • the development of ┬ápolicies relating to trees and woodlands in Wales
  • advice on the implementation of the Woodland for Wales Strategy
  • commissioning research and evidence to support forestry policy development

The Minister for Natural Resources selected the membership of the panel. The appointments will be for a minimum 2 years.

Our remit

  • to advise on the development of policy relating to trees and woodlands in Wales. This includes the Welsh Government Woodland Strategy and/or Action Plan
  • to advise on the implementation of the Wales Woodland Strategy. This is based on a thorough understanding of the legislation, policies and activity relating to trees and woodlands
  • to advise on the commissioning of research and evidence to support the development of forestry policy. This includes reviewing the progress on delivering the Forestry Commission Science and Innovation Strategy
  • to develop networking opportunities and work in partnership. Our aim is to promote sustainable woodlands and forests delivering benefits for all
  • horizon scanning to ensure that forestry policy and strategy responds to new issues
  • to act as the panel from which a Committee of Reference can be drawn. The panel also report to Welsh Ministers on disputed decisions of Natural Resources Wales, as prescribed in the Forestry Act (1967)
  • to act as the panel from which a sub-committee can be drawn. The panel can advise in disputed cases under Glastir Woodlands. Case reports can aid officials or to the Glastir Independent Review Panel in making a decision
  • to advise on specific issues assigned to the panel

The panel

Our current members are:

  • Roger Cooper (Chairman)
  • Jane Barbrook
  • Dr Christine Cahalan
  • Ceri Davies
  • Gareth Davies
  • David Edwards
  • Jane Forshaw
  • Rory Francis
  • Dr Kate Hamilton
  • Russell Horsey
  • Ruth Jenkins
  • Rhianne Jones
  • Tim Kirk
  • Bernard Llewellyn
  • Philippe Morgan
  • Judith Webb
  • Dr Jenny Wong