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Plaid Cymru: Multinational speculators undertaking a land grab of Welsh farmland
By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited: 08:39am. 22/10/2021.
Plaid Cymru is calling for a curb of what it’s calling a “land grab” for “greenwashing” by “Multinational speculators”.
Plaid Cymru claim to have exclusively viewed information that £1.3million of Welsh Government funding for tree planting has gone to applicants outside of Wales through the Glastir Woodland Creation scheme.
Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for agriculture and rural affairs, Cefin Campbell MS, said “brazen greenwashing” from speculators undertaking a “land grab” of Welsh farmland” to “ease their carbon conscience“.
The Glastir Woodland Creation scheme provides financial support for capital investments to create new woodland and has been running since June 2015, during which there have been eleven funding ‘windows’.
Plaid Cymru allege they have obtained data that shows that across the first 9 windows, £1,306,561 of allocated funds went to applicants with addresses outside of Wales (Which Plaid Cymru says represents 14% of all allocated funds) – while during the seventh window, according to Plaid, allocated funds to addresses outside of Wales was “as high as 25%”.
Data for the last 2 windows has not yet been published.
Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Cefin Campbell MS said,