Tree petition targets a leafier Wales.
WELSH naturalist Iolo Williams has thrown his weight behind a new Woodland Trust petition that calls for trees to be put at the heart of post-Brexit land use policies.
The TV presenter said previous agricultural policies had "inflicted appalling damage" on Welsh landscapes and wildlife.
The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) wants the Welsh Government to recast the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as a Sustainable Land Use Policy.
This should include a new emphasis on tree planting which, said the charity, had "fallen off a cliff " in recent years.
In the past three years just 1,500 acres of new woodland has been created in Wales, well short of government targets.
Iolo said: "We now have a once-in-a-generation chance to devise a new system and put this right.
"It's essential this includes support for the planting of the right trees in the right places."
The petition will be presented to the Welsh Assembly on February 27. Supporters can sign up online on the Woodland Trust website until February 6. | Last year Coed Cadw distributed 342 packs of native tree saplings to 146 schools and groups in Wales.
Biggest recipients, by county, were Powys, with 15 groups, and Gwynedd, with 13
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Date:||Jan 18, 2018|
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