Welsh community woodlands run climate change seminars

Llais y Goedwig, the community woodland network in Wales, has heeded the warnings about climate change and is taking action, thanks to a grant from Environment Wales.

Volunteer Adam Thorogood, a forestry student at Bangor University, has spent several months pulling together a library of reports and articles relating to climate change and Welsh woodlands. These resources will be made available to community groups by Llais y Goedwig in the form of wooden USB data sticks made from certified sustainable timber.

Llais y Goedwig will tour the country this summer with the Woodland Management Roadshow, distributing the wooden datasticks and delivering a series of talks and workshops relating to all aspects of community woodland management, including the changes to be made in the face of a shifting climate.

He said: "Our forests and woodlands in Wales are under threat from climate change. Dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions are changing weather patterns, shifting seasonal timings, and creating niches for new pests and diseases. Such threats will change our woodland cover in Wales, community groups are going to have to adapt fast."

The Woodland Management Roadshows are taking place across Wales this summer to help existing and would-be community woodland groups develop their woodland management skills base. The first event is in Llangennech (near Swansea) on July 17.

Call 01654 703366 or email info@llaisygoedwig.org.uk.

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