Households invited to pick up free tree – but be quick

HOUSEHOLDS across Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy are being invited to visit their nearest ‘tree giveaway hub’ and plant a tree in their own back gardens.

From November 19, households across North West Wales have been encouraged to collect a tree (free of charge). This is part of an ambitious Welsh Government giveaway to tackle the climate and nature emergencies – an initiative called ‘My Tree Our Forest’.

More than 50 collection hubs facilitated by Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, have opened their doors to the public across the country. Behind them is an army of dedicated volunteers ready to share expert growing advice in choosing the right tree for the right space.

Natalie Buttriss, Director of Coed Cadw said: “Trees have always offered simple and cost-effective solutions to the challenges we all face and through the My Tree Our Forest initiative, we hope to inspire people from all backgrounds, regions and walks of life to get involved, and as a result, feel more connected to the multiple benefits that trees can bring.”

The collection hubs will be open from November 19 to December 19 2022 and then again from February to March 2023.

A whopping 295,000 trees are up for grabs and their planting will contribute to the National Forest for Wales. A total of 10 different species of native and broadleaf trees are available to choose from. These are: Hazel; Rowan; Hawthorn; Silver Birch; Crab Apple; Sessile Oak; Dogwood; Dog Rose; Field Maple; and Elder.

Tree saplings are available from thee following locations: The Boathouse Hotel in Holyhead; Llyn Park Mawr Community Woodland in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Wild Elements CIC in Bangor; CoOp Dolgellau, Y Dref Werdd in Blaenau Ffestiniog; Golygfa Gwydr in Llanrwst and Bodnant Gardens in Conwy.

To find your nearest tree giveaway hub visit: woodlandtrust.org.uk/wales-giveaway

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey