Every household in Wales will be offered a free tree to plant as part of the Welsh Government's climate crisis plans.

People can choose a tree of their own to plant or opt to have a tree planted on their behalf. The first trees will be available to collect from March from one of five regional community hubs being set up with 20 more set up by October next year as part of the scheme,being run with the Woodland Trust.

It has also been announced that a consultation will launch in early 2022 on plans to create a National Forest for Wales.

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Deputy minister for climate change, Lee Waters, said: "Trees are amazing - they save lives by keeping our air clean, they improve people's physical and mental health, they are essential for tackling our nature emergency, improving biodiversity and, of course, in tackling climate change.

"Everyone will have a part to play if we are to be successful in tackling climate change and realising our ambitions to create a National Forest for Wales. I am therefore pleased to announce we have partnered with the Woodland Trust to deliver a campaign that will provide every household in Wales an opportunity to plant a free tree in Wales.

"This will enable people in Wales to further understand and experience the many benefits that trees can provide, not only to the environment but also to people’s health and wellbeing."

He said those who cannot take part in the scheme can choose for a free tree to be planted on their behalf at locations across Wales via the community hubs and volunteers.

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Director of Coed Cadw, Natalie Buttriss, said, "We are delighted to be working with the Welsh Government in this great community tree giveaway to get thousands of native trees in the ground.

“While tree-planting is only one way to help tackle climate change, it is a simple and enjoyable way for every single person in Wales to have the chance to plant a tree and watch it grow.

“This project will be open to all types of people living in Wales and we hope it will inspire many individuals and local community groups to become involved. We want people from all backgrounds to be part of planting the National Forest for Wales.”

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