Miller Research was commissioned by the Welsh Government to facilitate a workshop about the Co-operative Forest Planning Scheme (CFPS) for stakeholders in the woodland and forestry sector. The Scheme intends to stimulate activity in the forestry sector, by supporting collaborative approaches to develop new woodlands. Welsh Government aims to develop 100,000 Ha of woodlands in Wales by 2030.
The scheme does not directly provide funding for planting, but rather it supports the collective planning of woodland creation amongst a group of partners.
Around 30 people attended the workshop in Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, Gwynedd in January 2017. The main goal was to start possible collaborations between stakeholders. Natural Resource Wales employees were additionally in attendance, to answer any technical questions the participants may have.
The main output summarised the barriers to woodland creation and a SWOT analysis of planting. Participants also suggested some potential collaborative projects, in Dragons Den style presentations.