Jul 02 2020

A word from the Director of Wales

Hello to all volunteers in Wales/ Sut mae, i’n holl wirfoddolwyr yng Nghymru.


I hope you have been able to keep busy during lockdown and enjoy your local trees and woods #TreesCloseToMe.  A few trees near me have caught my eye on regular walks from home (see pics).



Sellack Church Field Tree

Stangford Hedge Oak Tree

Stangford Hedge Oak Tree

I thought you might like an update on operations in Wales. Around half of the staff were on furlough during April and May but we are now starting to bring back folks as work starts to ramp up again and in anticipation of more work starting soon, subject to Welsh Government guidelines and social distancing requirements of course.  My focus over the last three months has been on ensuring everyone is safe and well and supporting the Estate team with urgent issues, as well as communicating with other organisations and partners on common lockdown issues. One positive issue emerging from this is the galvanization of a green recovery conversation ensuring that any post coronavirus recovery for Wales has, at its heart, good quality and secure access to the natural environment. It will be the theme for an up and coming Green Recovery Wales virtual festival at the end of July,

more on this at a later date.



In the meantime, thanks for all the support you continue to give us in these challenging times. I was heartened to hear that over 15 new volunteers have stepped forward at our new woodland creation site called Brynau on the outskirts of Neath. I’m sure site managers will be needing all the help they can get over the coming months to get our sites back to ‘normal’.


Stay safe and hope to see some of you at any social distancing events in the future.


Natalie Buttriss


Director of Wales


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