The Gnarled and Wrinkly Need You!                                       

Since the spring of 2012 I have had the privilidge of campaigning alongside, Coed Cadw (Woodland Trust Wales) the Ancient Tree Forum and other campaigners including Welsh Assembly Member Ken Skates (AM Labour Clwyd South) in calling for the PROPER PROTECTION of Wales' truly ancient trees...trees such as THE PONTFADOG OAK.  

By the end of last year (2012) Coed Cadw (Woodland Trust) had collected over 5,500 signatures to present to the Welsh Assembly Government. Recent developments have seen meetings at Gregynog Powys with the Petitions Committee of the Welsh Govt. Representatives from Coed Cadw, Coed Cymru and the Anceint Tree Forum were present including myself as a volunteer with the Ancient Tree Hunt project.

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          Coed Cadw                      Campaigning at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff May 2012           Ancient Tree Forum
      (Woodland Trust)                                                                                                                                Moray Simpson
Jill Butler, Rory Francis &
     Angharad Evans

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MEETING WITH WELSH ASSEMBLY MEMBERS (AM's)...  As I was quoted at the time the Pontfadog Oak fell...

"We give Scheduled Ancient monumet status to buildings such as the nearby 700 year old Chirk Castle...why can we then not give a 1,200 year old monument of nature & Welsh culture the same level of protection"?

More recently  we have had meetings with Welsh Assembly Members (AM's on Petitions Committee of the Welsh Govt.) at Gregynog Powys hosted by David Jenkins Coed Cymru. (Nov. 2013)

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      Left                                                    Gregynog Hall Powys Wales Nov. 2013                      Right
 David Jenkins                            Steve Davies Welsh Assembly admin.                           Jill Butler (Woodland Trust)
 (Coed Cymru)                            Russell George AM (Cons. Montgomeryshire)       Ted Green (Ancient Tree Forum)  
                                                     William Powell AM (LibDem Mid & West Wales),
                                                     Bethan Jenkins Am (Plaid Cymru South West Wales)

Woodland Matters -
The Gnarled and Wrinkly Need You!

We call on the Welsh Assembly to provide proper protection for Wales’ ancient, veteran and heritage trees.
Coed Cadw (the Woodland Trust) is about to launch its latest campaign. This will take the form of a petition.
Coed Cadw (The Woodland Trust) has launched a petition calling on the Welsh Assembly to provide proper protection for Wales’ ancient, veteran and heritage trees, and advice and support for their owners.


Woodland Matters -
Improving the protection and care of trees of special interest in Wales - latest developments   

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The Tree Council was founded in 1974, with government backing, as  the umbrella body for UK organisations involved in tree planting, care  and conservation. They were instrumental in the Green Monuments campaign. Please see their information on the Green Monuments Camapign...READ MORE  >