One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade
Plant! is a scheme set up by the Welsh Government in 2008. For each and every child born or adopted in Wales, a tree is planted in celebration, creating new woodlands for future generations across Wales. Since 2014, the Plant! scheme committed to planting an additional tree in Uganda for every tree planted here in Wales.
As part of our Mbale Trees Programme, fruit trees will be planted in the gardens of family homes in the Mbale region of Uganda. These trees will help local communities by providing them with sustainable supplies of food and shelter, as well as a source of income. They will also protect local people from the effects of soil erosion caused by heavy deforestation in the area, which can lead to deadly landslips.
Trees are critical to the environment, both locally and globally. Tropical forests absorb nearly a fifth of all man-made CO₂ emissions, making them crucial in stabilising the world’s climate. Planting trees in Wales and Uganda is vital in helping to tackle climate change. With these trees the children of Wales can feel a personal connection with their environment.
Due to changes in data protection regulations the Welsh Government is currently reviewing its arrangements for sending certificates to new babies. This means that babies born since 1st September 2019 will not yet have received their Plant! certificate. We are working to address this issue and thank parents and guardians for their patience. New trees continue to be planted for every baby born and adopted in Wales during this time.
The Plant! scheme is also supported by Natural Resources Wales and Woodland Trust/Coed Cadw.
Over 300, 000 trees have been planted in Welsh woodlands
Over 140 hectares of new woodland created across 15 woods
In 2018 the Plant! scheme turned 10 years old!
1,600 families in 30 villages have been supported by this scheme
5 Fairtrade coffee plantations supported
Bond between Wales and Uganda strengthened
Wales and Mbale are working together through the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa Programme. The focus of the work is on improving resilience to climate change and as part of that the community groups in Mbale requested our help to plant trees on land which has been deforested and is very vulnerable to erosion and landslides. Trees help to stabilise the soil and reduce erosion. The trees also have many other benefits including shade for coffee growing, fodder for animals, fruit for families, timber for building and fuel for the future. Trees planted in tropical countries are also a valuable way to take some of the excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The Welsh Government is also working to reduce carbon emissions in Wales and has ambitious targets for this. The Mbale tree planting project is a demonstration of Wales acting positively beyond its borders and working in partnership on global issues.
The Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa Programme is covering the direct costs of the Ugandan trees as part of its wider efforts to promote greater resilience to climate change in the Mbale Region. By making a direct connection between people and communities in Wales and by tree planting both in Wales and in Uganda, Wales for Africa is building on the strong links that have been developed between communities over many years. Through the Wales for Africa Programme Wales looks beyond our own two million hectares and engages in global issues of development and environment.
Neither Size of Wales nor the Welsh Government has access to your name or address through Plant! The certificate you received was sent out on behalf of the Welsh Government by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) who maintain records of the births and adoptions across the UK. This is to respect your privacy and is in strict compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
The paper we use is sustainably sourced and Forest Stewardship Council certified.
You are very welcome to visit the site where your tree is planted in Wales. Your letter will tell you where your tree is planted. Individual trees are not labelled because we want to create beautiful, natural woodlands but you can choose your own tree when you visit and try to remember which one it is as it grows. Please don’t mark the trees in any way though and do remember not every tree in a wood will make it to full maturity. We plant plenty of trees at the site to make sure enough survive but we can’t guarantee the survival of each individual tree. Go to the Plant! Website to find out more.
We don’t encourage people to go out to Uganda to visit their tree as this would increase carbon emissions and we are trying to reduce levels in the atmosphere. However, if you intend to visit Uganda please contact us first so we can introduce you to our partners.