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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,

“These latest figures from the Welsh Government confirm our fears that public money, through the Glastir Woodland Creation scheme, is pouring over the border from Wales to the pockets of multinational speculators who are undertaking a land grab of Welsh farmland to offset their own carbon footprint.

 

“This brazen ‘greenwashing’ might well ease the conscience of climate savvy multinationals, but this type of extractive economy is damaging to Wales – we’re losing family farms, the communities around them, and the means of food production. Our people are being replaced with trees, and what’s more – Welsh Government is funding it!

 

“I have long called for the Welsh Government to implement an approach which secures the delivery of the right tree, in the right place, for the right reason. With well over £1 million pounds of public money having left the Welsh purse since 2015 to support these absentee landlords it is vital the Welsh Government acts urgently to protect Welsh communities from this increasingly worrying trend.”

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1 Comment

  1. vicky moller

    Well said, why are some of our politicians such absolute muppets? They cant see the wood for the trees

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