Natural Heritage Tree Project


Following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, between September 2017 and March 2020, NFWI-Wales engaged WI members across Wales in a project to preserve, protect and plant urban trees.

About the project

As well as mitigating climate change, trees in Wales' town and cities have many social benefits. However recent studies show that 73% of urban areas in Wales have lost trees since 2010 and 7,000 trees were lost between 2006 and 2013. This project aimed to help reverse this decline.

Over 200 WIs and every federation across Wales took part in the Natural Heritage Tree Project. Federations recruited project coordinators to support members to get involved with regular training sessions held. Members participated in a wide range of activities – from adopting and monitoring a tree in their local area and identifying space for planting new trees, to photography and craft. Using their strong community links, WIs also engaged the wider public in tree planting and monitoring and in spreading the word about the value of trees.

End of Project Report

Please find our Project Report below to learn more about how WIs and federations got involved, the partnerships that were developed in communities and the project outcomes.

WI members can find useful resources and more information about the Natural Heritage Tree project on My WI.

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