You can help shape the future of forestry

posted on July 20, 2017
Some enticing early results from the first 500 respondents to BWS2017

Some enticing early results from the first 500 respondents to BWS2017

Since launching the British Woodlands Survey 2017 (BWS2017) two weeks ago we’ve received an encouraging uptake, with 500 respondents completing the survey to date. Thank you to all those who have taken part so far, and to our many partners in helping promote the survey to their members.

The last BWS, which explored issues relating to environmental change, represented 11% of all privately-owned forest land in Britain with 1,500 stakeholders taking part in the 2015 survey. This year we are asking questions around priority themes already suggested by some 400 stakeholders, plus themes of specific interest to England, Scotland and Wales. For example, those with interests in Scotland and Wales were particularly focussed on land reform, while those in England wanted us to ask questions about tree planting. Other major themes include developing the wood chain, and societal benefits. For the 2017 survey we hope to attract the best response so far; afterall this will make the findings even more powerful as an evidence base to help shape the future of forestry.

BWS has a proven record of working with important forestry organisations in Britain to provide a solid evidence base that influences decision-making, and contributes to policy. If you are a woodland owner or manager, farmer, land agent, professional forester or forestry/wood business, please take part and help shape the future of forestry.

Take the survey or read more at:

The survey is open until to end September.

BWS2017 is led by researchers from Forest Research, Sylva Foundation, University of Oxford and Woodland Trust. Funding for BWS2017 is provided by Scottish Forestry Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, and Woodland Trust.

take the survey

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Unit available at the Sylva Wood Centre

posted on February 25, 2016

A unit is available to rent from the Sylva Foundation by any business connected with designing or making with wood.

Tenants at the Sylva Wood Centre are part of a vibrant community of woodworkers, enjoying excellent specialist facilities. They also benefit from the growing profile of the charity, for example by taking part in annual events such as Oxfordshire Artweeks and other public events.

Unit available April 2016

Unit available April 2016


  • Available from April.
  • Size of unit: 450 sq ft / 42 m2 (Dimensions: 9.6 x 4.4m)
  • Additional outdoor covered space available (optional): 500 sq ft/46 m2
  • Large roller-shutter door access to outside.
  • Access to well-equipped Machinery Workshop, including panel saw, planer, thicknesser and band saw.
  • Internal double door access to community space.
  • Access to community kitchen. Toilets and Shower.

Find out more about the Sylva Wood Centre:

To talk through your requirements, contact Paul Orsi

Thinking of starting a new business? We support new wood-related businesses through our incubation facilities. Please contact us to find out more.


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Invitation to wood businesses

posted on September 16, 2014

The Sylva Wood Centre in South Oxfordshire — dedicated to innovation in home-grown wood — will open in 2015. We are now inviting expressions of interest from existing Small and Medium Enterprises whose main business relates to wood, and from fledgling businesses.

Sylva Wood Centre

Sylva Wood Centre


Commercial Leases

Units are available to rent by small and medium enterprises whose business is related to wood.

  • Purpose-built self-contained units dedicated for use by wood-based businesses. 3 phase electrics throughout. Roller shutter access to main building. High levels of natural light.
  • Unit sizes from 145 to 2,000 square feet.
  • Excellent facilities including communal kitchen and rest room, toilets, shower, phone, internet.
  • Covered external space available to rent.
  • Access to Teaching Workshop provides opportunities for those wishing to run courses.
  • Users will benefit from joining a community of like-minded craftspeople and businesses, with the potential to share resources and collaborate, and increase the profile of their business.
  • Attractive rural location yet close to major urban centres with good transport links.

Download information sheet – you are welcome to circulate this among your contacts.

Business Incubation

Through the Wood Centre we also aim to foster new talent and encourage enterprise. ‘Business Incubation Units’ are available for fledgling wood-based businesses, featuring affordable subsidised rent and easy-in/easy-out flexible terms. Users will have access to the same excellent facilities available to established SMEs, and will also benefit from:

  • gaining support for your business by being part of a community of users.
  • expanding your contacts and networks.
  • exploring opportunities for work collaboration.

Applications are considered on an individual basis. Download application information


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400 businesses registered on myForest

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businesses on myForest in September 2014

myForest has reached yet another milestone in its development with the registration of the 400th business. The business directory on myForest plays an important part of achieving our original goals of helping to re-connect the woodchain. Through myForest we aim to provide an easy link between woodland owners and forestry and wood businesses with the goal of getting more woodlands into management and promoting forest produce for a sustainable future.

In addition to the 400 business, over 1500 woodland owners and managers covering nearly 33,000ha are now using tools provided through the myForest service to help manage their woodland.

If you have a forestry or wood business that you would like to promote to a growing community of woodland owners register now at

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