On the 6th of December, the Welsh Government announced plans to offer every household in the country a free tree to plant, in a bid to tackle climate change.
In collaboration with the Woodland Trust, the new policy will give people the chance to choose a tree of their own to plant, or to instead have a tree planted on their behalf, as not all households will be able to plant one themselves. These households will have the option for their tree to be planted in the location of their choice within a wide area of options across the country.
The first trees will be available to collect from March, 2022, from several community hubs located across the country. Up to 20 extra hubs are also planned to be up and running by the month of October, which will help to boost the campaigns momentum and make collection much more accessible for the public.
“Trees are amazing - they save lives by keeping our air clean, they improve people's physical and mental health, they are essential for tackling our nature emergency, improving biodiversity and, of course, in tackling climate change.” the Deputy Minister said.
The campaign will also build on efforts to build a National Forest for Wales, with the Deputy Minister also revealing that a consultation would be launched in early 2022 regarding the matter.