You may remember last November we told you that households across Wales can collect their tree, free of charge, as part of an ambitious Welsh Government giveaway to tackle the climate and nature emergencies – an initiative called My Tree Our Forest.

Over 50 collection hubs facilitated by Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, are set to open their doors to the public. Behind them is an army of dedicated volunteers ready to share expert growing advice in choosing the right tree for the right space.

One of those taking part is MEADOW STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN, a Pontypridd Town Council project, and one of 50 hubs located across Wales where people can collect their tree; in this phase there are 295,000 trees up for grabs.

​​Ten 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.

Welsh Government giveaway to tackle the climate and nature emergencies

All trees will be native, broadleaf species that will grow into small-medium sized trees suitable for gardens and smaller spaces, and will come with planting instructions. As they mature they’ll lock up carbon, fight the effects of climate change and support wildlife.

On-site volunteers, including members of the Llais y Goediwg Community Woodland Network, will advise members of the public which of the species available through the scheme is most suitable for their space and how to care for their tree. 

The hub at Meadow Street Community Garden will be open to the public every Thursday 10.30am-4pm and every Sunday 10.30am-1.30pm until the end of March.

Welsh Government has teamed up with Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales to  deliver the My Tree, Our Forest project. 

Speaking ahead of the regional hubs opening, Deputy Minister for Climate Change  Lee Waters said……

“Trees are a lifeline to us and all of the amazing life that they support. Where would our birds, insects and animals be without them… where would we be without them?

I want everyone in Wales to check out our website to find your nearest tree giveaway hub and pick up your free broadleaf tree from tomorrow. On site, our wonderful volunteers will be ready with their expert advice to help you choose the right tree for your space and situation.

By growing a beautiful tree in your own backyard, you can kickstart your contribution and help grow a healthy and happy Wales for us and our future generations to benefit from.”

In order to become a Net Zero Wales by 2050, experts have advised that Wales must plant 86 million trees over the next decade.

“I would like to thank all involved at Coed Cadw for partnering with us to deliver this project and I look forward to seeing its impact on our environment.”

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters, giving tree sapling to local family as part of the My Tree Our Forest initiative

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.”

To find out more about the MEADOW STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN go HERE.