Minister plants tree at commemorative woodlands

Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, has planted a tree in Cwmfelinfach to mark the anniversary of the launch of commemorative woodland.

It was announced as the third commemorative woodland in Wales by First Minister Mark Drakeford on 23 March 2022; to remember those who died during the pandemic.

On what would have been the third anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown, Julie James MS joined volunteers in planting trees on the Caerphilly County Borough Council owned site.

Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, said “Today, is a very sad day as we mark the third anniversary of the first lockdown and think of all those that have lost family and friends.

“I would like to thank Caerphilly Council for offering up this site as one of our commemorative woodland in Wales to create a beautiful, safe and accessible woodland where people can visit, remember loved ones and spend time in nature.

“I would also like to thank the volunteers who’ve made time to attend today to plant a tree to help create this new woodland, which in time could become part of the National Forest for Wales.”

Cllr Chris Morgan, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Green Spaces at Caerphilly Council, added “The anniversary is a poignant reminder of the many lives that were sadly lost during the pandemic and the wider impact it had upon us as a nation.

“We’re proud to offer this space in the Caerphilly borough as a place for reflection and remembrance.”

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