If you own an area of woodland in the south-east region of England, you could benefit from free one-to-one professional forestry advice.
Landowners are increasingly aware of the threats from climate change, pests and diseases, but are also aware of opportunities to provide services from woodlands they manage, such as carbon sequestration and water management. In future, grant payments or other types of support are likely to be available only to those with an approved woodland management plan.
Thanks to innovation funding provided by the Forestry Commission, the environmental and forestry charity Sylva Foundation is collaborating with a group of forestry agents in the Forestry Canopy Foundation to offer free support to 50 landowners across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, and West Sussex. To be eligible, the woodland site (0.5ha or larger) must be without a management plan that is compliant with the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS).
- You will receive support in completing a self-assessment of the current state of management in the woodland.
- You will receive a free consultation with a professional forestry agent to help you meet your objectives.
- The consultation will set you on a path to completing a UKFS-compliant woodland management plan.
Landowners interested in this generous advice package are encouraged to express their interest without delay, using this online form. To discuss this offer please contact George Dennison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07972 216529.
The application window is open until end of February 2022, but will close when all 50 places have been allotted.