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 www.theresiliencecentre.co.uk/courses