Our Christmas wish in Wales

Wish tree at Ogwen, Snowdonia

Rather than wishing for the latest crazes or even an orange in our stocking, our hopes in Wales’ for the coming year focuses on nature and the safe keeping of our special places.

In 2016, over 125,000 visitors walked the footpath at Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia. A small team of staff and volunteers work at altitudes in all weathers to repair the paths by hand which means it costs over a £100 to build one meter of footpath.

To ensure even more families and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the beautiful views of Snowdonia, one of our wishes is to restore over four kilometres of upland footpaths that cross the mountains of Snowdonia. 

Justin Albert, National Trust Director for Wales said: “We all have our wishes and hopes at this reflective time of year. We are happy to share ours with our members and supporters and we extend a seasonal invite to our visitors to join us in making their wishes for 2017 this Christmas.

Our Christmas wish trees have been installed at our places across Wales and are ready for you to make your wishes for Christmas and 2017.

Wish upon a tree to give nature a helping hand
Christmas wish tree at Dyffryn Gardens
Wish upon a tree to give nature a helping hand

By visiting a National Trust place and putting a wish on a National Trust tree, you will contribute to the conservation of our special places, including vital work to the great outdoor spaces under our care.

In North Wales, there will be wish trees at Penrhyn Castle, Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Bodnant Garden, Aberconwy House, Erddig, Chirk Castle and Powis Castle.

In the South, tree locations include Dyffryn Gardens, Tredegar House, Dinefwr, Llanerchaeron, Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall and at sites along the Gower and Pembrokeshire.

And if there’s not a wish tree near you, share your wishes for 2017 using #MyWishTree with @NTWales on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Over the next month, we will read all the wishes to find the most common among its visitors. The top wishes will be announced in time for Christmas.