Welcome to Coed Cymru
ORIGINS AND BACKGROUND
A partnership of organisations dedicated to bring Welsh broadleaf woodlands into sustainable management. It was founded in 1985 and established as a company limited by guarantee and a charity in 1989.
WHY DID IT COME ABOUT?
Following a century of neglect and plunder the majority of Welsh broadleaf woodlands had been left in a state of serious decline. 85% showed no significant recruitment of young trees.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Gives free help and advice on the sensitive management of woodlands and the sustainable use of woodland products. It covers the whole spectrum from the growth of new trees through to high quality Welsh timber products.
HOW IS IT FUNDED?
Coed Cymru is funded by the partners: Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Local Authorities and National Parks in Wales (WLGA) and Welsh Assembly Government (WAG)
WHAT HAS IT ACHIEVED?
Over 7105 woodland management and tree planting projects have been instigated, in all, just over 32,778 hectares. More than 400 businesses now regularly use Welsh timber, including many recent converts.
THE WELSH HARDWOOD INDUSTRY?
Before the arrival of cheap imports the industry was locally self reliant and part of an ancient tradition of craftsmanship.
The industry today is characterised by adaptable quality products, sophisticated machinery, expertise and ironically, a strong dependence on imported timber.