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Inspiring Reports

The Purpose and Role of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate (WGWE)


July 2018

In July 2018 Natural Resources Wales published a report on the Purpose and Role of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate.  The report was launched at the Royal Welsh Show by Hannah Blythyn, Minister for Environment. Alongside the report 14 stories highlight the multiple environmental, economic, social and cultural well-being benefits generated by the Estate, including one about Coed Lleol and the Actif Woods Wales programme:

Read Report: Cymraeg / English

Read Story: Coed Lleol / Actif Woods Wales – Cymraeg / English

May 2018

Planning Policy Wales Consultation

In light of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, the Welsh Government are proposing to revise Planning Policy Wales (PPW). Small Woods Association submitted a response to the consultation here.

Previous Actif Woods Wales Reports

Here are the reports and data from the Actif Woods Wales project (earlier reports on Coed Lleol’s work pre Actif Woods Wales can be obtained from the Coed Lleol office). For Newsletters and project updates see HERE

Creative Self Reflection in the Woods – a report by Zena Wilmot

This report is based on the experiences of the Actif Woods Aberystwyth group, who have  taken part in woodland well-being sessions set up by Coed Lleol since 2011. The report can be downloaded as a pdf on the link below, and you are welcome to share it as long as it is accompanied by links to the Coed Lleol and Dyfi Woodlands websites.
Woodland Wellbeing – Creative Self Reflection in the woods (pdf)

Evaluation Report

This report was written following the end of the Big Lottery funded phase of the project and covers an evaluation of the Actif Woods Wales project between April 2013 and March 2016. The full report is 41 pages, but a one page summary can be viewed by clicking the picture below.

AWW Final Evaluation Report  – full report

One page summary:

Executive Summary of evaluation report

Consultation Report

Consultation Evidence This document includes information gathered from each of the areas that Actif Woods Wales proposes to work in from 2016-2018.

Appendix 1 - Consultation Evidence cover

The Year 2 report covers the period April 2014-April 2015 and gives a summary of the main achievements at this mid point of the project.

Actif Woods Wales Year 2 Report English

Actif Woods Wales Year 2 Report CYMRAEG

The Year 1 report gave a summary of our main achievements over the first year of the current project phase from March 2013- April 2014.
Actif Woods Wales Year 1 Report

Data Reports:

Since April 2013 we have been using a new monitoring and evaluation system, more suited to the expanded project.


Below is the latest headlines data report from December 2015:

Headline Data Report – Actif Woods Wales December 2015 (pdf)

Cover of Headlines data report

Here is a report on the activities of the Aberystwyth Mind group, following support for this group from Mind Your Heart between January and March 2015

Actif Woods Wales Aberystwyth MIND group report for Mind your Heart (pdf)


Here are two downloadable reports containing some of the data collected since 2013. Both summaries are taken from a more extensive report, available on request from amieandrews@smallwoods.org.uk

Short Summary of mid-term evaluation 2014

New summary of mid-term evaluation 2014-page-0

Participant Testimony highlights Apr-Sept 2014

participant testimony report P1participant testimony report P3participant testimony report P4participant testimony report P5participant testimony report P6


Older Data reports

Here are the reports on the data collected during the pilot phases of the Actif Woods Wales project between 2010 and 2013:

Report on Phase 6 Participant feedback and results

Report on Phase 5 Participant feedback and results

Phase 4 Results and participant feedback Actif Woods Wales 2010-12 narrative report

Phase 4 Results and participant feedback

Phase 3 report

Phase 2 report Oct2011

Phase 1_results report