Resilient Woodlands Initiative event in the Forest of Dean

posted on January 13, 2015
Resilience Centre

Resilience Centre

On Saturday 17th January, Paul Orsi (Sylva Foundation) will be among a host of guest speakers at an event aiming to unlock the economic, social and environmental benefits of woodlands in the Forest of Dean.  The event is being hosted by the Resilience Centre, whose main aim is to bring local business and community together in enterprising ways in an effort to mitigate and adapt to climate change and become collectively more self-reliant.

At least 47 per cent of woodland within the Forest of Dean district is privately owned. Sue Clarke from The Resilience Centre estimates that if just 20 per cent of neglected woodlands were actively managed, it could create more than 250 skilled jobs in traditional forest crafts, and related fields.

The aim of the day will be to look at the steps required to form a Resilient Woodlands Initiative, and to explore ways to work together and access sources of funding.  The event is open to anyone who owns or manages a patch of woodland, works in forestry or a related sector, or is interested in bringing more woodlands into active management for local environmental, economic and social benefit.

To find out more information and to book go to

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Chilterns Woodland Conference – Friday 7th June 2013

posted on May 28, 2013



Friday 7th June 2013


Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton,

nr. High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 4BF

9.30    – 9.45           Register

9.45 – 9.50             Welcome and introduction – Chairman, Andrew Ingram

9.50 – 10.10           Ash dieback – what happens next? FC

10.10 – 10.25          Lessons from Dutch Elm Disease & Storms – John Morris

10.25 – 10.45          Questions and Discussion

10.45 – 11.05          Coffee Break

11.05 – 11.25          Pine Martins and grey squirrels – Jonathan Spencer

11.25  – 11.40          Tree Guards – Essential or just clutter? – Steve Rodrick

11.40 – 12.00          Supporting the woodland industry

– Grown in Britain –

– LEADER funding case studies – Nick Philips

12. 00 – 12.20         Questions and Discussion

12.20 -12.35           Chilterns Box Project – Sarah Wright

12.35 – 12.55          Evelyn and Me – The New Sylva   Dr.Gabriel Hemery

12.55 – 1.00           Summing Up – Chairman

1pm                        Lunch

Conference Fee     £20 per person

Buffet lunch           £10

Booking essential: book here

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myForest in Forestry Commission South East news

posted on August 5, 2010

An article about myForest was published in the Forestry Commission’s South East news this month.  You can read it here

Category: Associates, myForest

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LEADER Grant – Enhancing South Oxfordshire’s forestry sector

posted on May 12, 2010

Sylva has been awarded a LEADER grant to support woodland owners in mapping and managing their woodlands in the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER area and to provide a platform for reconnecting the local wood-chain.  Our myForest Service will be the main tool for supporting this work.

SYLVA have teamed up with the Oxfordshire Woodland Project to work on the enhancement of South Oxfordshire’s forestry sector and to achieve the range of social, economic and environmental benefits that go hand in hand with sustainably managed and productive woodlands.

Through the myForest service, the project aims to promote the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER area as a “beacon” of forestry and as an example of how local links between woodland owners and wood-using business can be fostered to achieve sustainable rural economies.

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Developing a regional myForest Service with Silvanus Trust

posted on January 19, 2010

We have been working closely with the Silvanus Trust in South West England to develop a regional myForest Service.  The concept is that regional NGO partners will administer myForest locally and support woodland owners.

We hope to take this forward with other regional partners across Britain during 2010.

Category: Associates, myForest

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