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Together we can create a National Forest the length and breadth of Wales - First Minister Mark Drakeford - Welsh Government

(image: Welsh Government)
(image: Welsh Government)

First Minister Mark Drakeford will today unveil the exciting concept for a National Forest running the length and breadth of Wales.

Backed by £5 million in this year’s Budget, the National Forest will create areas of new woodland and help to restore and maintain some of Wales’ unique and irreplaceable ancient woodlands.

And a further £10 million of Glastir Woodland creation and restoration funding will be available to increase tree planting across Wales.

The National Forest will be a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, which will play an important role in protecting nature and addressing biodiversity loss.

It will also help to boost tourism in Wales, drawing inspiration from the development of the Wales Coast Path. A world-first, the Wales Coast Path stretches the entire 870 miles of rugged Welsh coastline, attracting millions of visitors a year. It was developed over years through collaboration between government, businesses, landowners and communities.

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