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The Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are advising owners to extend their vigilance to ash trees planted up to 20 years ago as a part of work to develop further our under- standing of the impact of the disease on ash of this age.  Large quantities of ash were imported from parts of continental Europe where the disease had been present before 2007 and this could mean that the disease was present on a very small proportion of plants imported from the continent at least 10 years ago.

Click on the link below to read the Forestry Commission’s advisory note, including what they would like woodland owners to do if they suspect that ash dieback if affecting their woodland.

Chalara Advisory Note Jul 13


editing a sub-compartment

The new woodland editor system has been added to the site today.

The system replaces the old home page in the woodland owner account, and combines editing features that were previously spread across several pages. Woodland owners can now edit the mapping for all of their sub-compartments in the same place.

This development brings myForest closer to a full online GIS system.  We plan to add more GIS updates soon, including mapping for more features such as paths and waterways.

Users with existing woodland owner accounts can use the new system right away.  Just log in to your account and the system will appear in place of the old home page.

If you don’t have an account, sign up now.

WOODLAND ARCHAEOLOGY- Training Workshops with John Morris of the Chilterns Woodland Project


This popular one day course will include an illustrated talk, a guided woodland visit to see features found in Pigotts Wood, and a chance to explore the wood.

Features found in Pigotts Wood include sawpits, charcoal hearths, lynchets, boundary banks, iron bloomery, stone and chalk quarries. Documentary evidence for this ancient wood goes back to the 16th century.

The course will be run twice over two days: Friday 1st March 2013      or second day    Saturday 2nd March 2013

Start at 10.30 am until about 4.00 pm (depending on weather).


Held in Pigotts Wood, North Dean, Bucks

(about 4 miles north of High Wycombe, on road to Speen from Hughenden Valley). Meet at Pigotts.

 Grid ref SU 853990                   post code HP14 4NF

follow Chiltern Woodlands Project event signs up Pigotts Hill


Please bring:- Strong footwear and warm / wet weather clothing.

  • Packed lunch (tea & coffee provided)
  • Booking essential – Cost  £30 per person (places limited)

Contact: John Morris, Chilterns Woodland Project (registered charity 1002512), The Lodge, 90 Station Road, Chinnor, Oxon OX39 4HA

Tel 01844 355503        email:

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The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has recently announced details for its 2013 Woodland Awards. Once again John Clegg & Co will be sponsoring the Multipurpose Forestry category (The Duke of Cornwall Award). Details of the awards have been provided to us by the RFS as set out below and application forms can be obtained via the RFS website.

Experts are looking to find the best woodlands – large or small – to act as local beacons of good practice in a region running from Worcestershire to Cumbria. At stake are £1000 top prizes and £500 second prizes in each of five different categories.

Also being sought are the most inspirational projects involving nurseries, schools or other educational organisations which increase young people’s understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between trees and everyday wood products.

The Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry Awards rotate around the country. For 2013 the RFS has linked up with Forestry Commission England to offer an urban forestry category for the first time, alongside four other woodland awards, each recognising good practice – Multipurpose (Duke of Cornwall Award), Community, Silviculture and Small Woodlands (up to 20 hectares).

Woodland owners and managers (private and public), community groups, local authorities, housing developers, planners, farmers and schools in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man are eligible to take part.

Entries must be received by 4 March 2013, and judging will be held in May and June 2013. The woodland awards will be presented at an event during July.

Further details and entry forms are available by following the RFS Excellence in Forestry 2013 links at or via email to

We have introduced a new sandbox mode to the myForest woodland owner account.
An account in sandbox mode allows you to try myForest without creating any live data.  Perfect for students, or anybody who wants to see what myForest can offer.

Sandbox mode can be turned on or off at any time.

Register for a sandbox account here.

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