P-04-439 : Ancient veteran and heritage trees of Wales to be given greater protection



We believe that the ancient, veteran and heritage trees of Wales are a vital and irreplaceable part of the nation’s environment and heritage.

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to provide greater protection for them, for example by:

  • Placing a duty on the new Single Environmental Body to promote the conservation of such trees by providing advice and support for their owners, including the grant aid where necessary;
  • Amending current Tree Preservation Order legislation to make it fully fit for purpose in protecting ancient, veteran and heritage trees, in line with proposals by Coed Cadw (the Woodland Trust);
  • Incorporating the database of trees recorded and verified through the Ancient Tree Hunt project as a dataset in any successor to the Wales Spatial Plan, recognising these as ‘Trees of Special Interest’ and providing this information to Local Planning Authorities in Wales so that it can be incorporated into their GIS system, for information.


Petition raised by: Coed Cadw Cymru


Date petition first considered by Committee:  4 December 2012


Number of signatures: 5,320



This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 07/03/2017.


The Committee considered correspondence and agreed to close the petition, given that the petitioners are members of the Task and Finish group which has made recommendations to the Welsh Government, and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs commitment to consider which actions to take forward.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 04/07/2013



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