The Welsh Government Plants a Tree For Every Child Born


The Welsh government runs a program called Plant! that ensures that for every child born or adopted in Wales, a tree is planted. It’s only fitting that the program carries that name, since the word plant in Welsh means children. Every month, Natural Resources Wales, which runs the program on behalf of the Welsh Government, receives the number of babies born and adopted in Wales and arranges for a mixture of native broadleaf trees to be planted, including oak, ash, birch, cherry, rowan and willow. Every baby is given the location of the woodland that contains their tree. They also receive a certificate soon after their birth or adoption, stating that a tree has been planted for them. From the government’s perspective, trees are invaluable to society because they contribute to the health and well-being of the people and they play a key role in regulating the climate.