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Good Woods community woodland workshops – 9th & 23rd November

posted on October 29, 2013

Two practical workshops on woodland management planning and community engagement are being held for people involved in community-owned and managed woodlands.

As part of the Good Woods project, the two workshops are aimed at supporting community woodland groups to undertake effective management of their woodlands. The workshops are free to attend: see booking details below.

Event details

What's in a woodland - demonstration sessions will be run to help community woodland groups identify and measure trees in their woods.

What’s in a woodland – demonstration sessions will be run to help community woodland groups identify and measure trees in their woods.

Community woodland groups play an important role in the ongoing stewardship of Britain’s woodlands. However, groups can struggle to find the right support to help achieve their aims.

This event will provide you with information and free resources to enable you to:

  • Develop your own woodland management plan
  • Access grants and support for woodland management
  • Identify local woodland contractors to work in your woodland
  • Engage with local stakeholders and the wider community
  • Understand the range of pests and diseases that currently threaten UK woodlands and best practice guidance on dealing with them

Speakers and topics confirmed so far include:

  • Forestry Commission- update on funding and pests and diseases
  • Sylva Foundation – resources to help begin the management process and develop your management plan
  • Lantern UK – introduction to the Good woods project and the community engagement toolkit

A practical woodland inventory demonstration session will take place in a woodland local to the venue in the afternoon.

Woodland management professionals will be on hand to advise you on aspects of management such as surveying and managing your woodlands for a range of benefits.

The day will include an introduction to the Community Engagement Toolkit.  This toolkit has been designed to help you to engage with your local community and other stakeholders that you may need to communicate with as part of your woodland work and in the process of developing a UK Forestry Standard management plan.

Dates & venues

The workshop will be held in two locations:

  • East Horsley Village Hall, Surrey on Saturday 9th November 2013, 9.30am – 3.30pm
  • Marston Vale Forest Centre, Bedfordshire on Saturday 23rd November 2013, 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at both events.

Bookings

Register for your free place at one of these events by emailing: events@lantern.uk.com.

Please state your preferred date and venue and provide details of any special dietary requirements when you book.

Please pass this invitation on to anyone you think may be interested in attending.

Best wishes,

The Good Woods team

 


Good Woods - for people, for nature

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The Good Woods project is a novel project aiming to breathe new life into UK woodlands. The project—a joint initiative between DIY giant B&Q, sustainability charity BioRegional and forestry charity The Sylva Foundation—will revive woodlands to provide environmental, social and economic benefits. For more information contact Amy Hammond: amy@lantern.uk.com

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Good Woods at the Woodland Communications Day – 15th November

posted on October 28, 2013

Julia Griffin (B&Q) and the Alistair Yeomans (Sylva Foundation) from the Good Woods project will both be speaking at the Woodland Communications day at Horringer Community Centre on the 15th November.

Additionally members from the Grown in Britain team will explain how people can become involved with the movement and also set out the basis for the GiB accreditation scheme.

The Forestry Commission will be at the event and will present on a number of subjects including apprenticeship schemes and the latest news on forestry grants.

Other organisations presenting include: Natural England, Orchard Barn Project, Lockhart & Garratt and British Ash Exports. The subjects covered will be varied and range from woodland management on SSSI to timber markets for ash.

Please find full details of the event and how to register here: 2013 Woodland Communications Day Programme & Booking.

The Sylva Foundation would like thank Garry Battell and his colleagues of Suffolk County Council for organising this celebration of the great work that is being carried out in British woodlands.


Good Woods - for people, for nature

Visit the Good Woods web page

The Good Woods project is a novel project aiming to breathe new life into UK woodlands. The project—a joint initiative between DIY giant B&Q, sustainability charity BioRegional and forestry charity The Sylva Foundation—will revive woodlands to provide environmental, social and economic benefits. For more information contact Amy Hammond: amy@lantern.uk.com

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Robert Penn (BBC Wild Wood) at Oxford University Woodland event — 30th November

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Robert filming BBC's Wildwood

Robert filming BBC’s Wildwood

We are pleased to welcome back Robert Penn to Oxford on the 30th November for a seminar — 2013 – An Extraordinary Year for Britain’s Woodlands seminar — to be held at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).

Robert Penn is an author, journalist, TV presenter and cyclist. As a journalist, Robert writes for the Financial Times, The Observer, Sunday Times and Conde Nast Traveller, as well as a host of cycling publications.

In 2012, Robert presented Tales from the Wild Wood, a six-part series for BBC4 about British Woodlands.

Robert has kindly agreed to speak at our event this year. We look forward to having a preview of his new book – Touch Wood: the story of the ash tree, to be published by Penguin in 2014.

For further information on the event on 30th November and to register please download the PDF or visit the OUDCE website.

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Join us for a day of talks to discuss the revival of a wood culture

posted on September 18, 2013

Sylva has again teamed up with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, to hold a one day course on 30th November.

The day course is designed for anyone with an interest in trees and woodlands. England’s woodlands have provided for our needs for many centuries, leading to a strong culture of appreciating and using wood, however in recent decades their care and management has declined. Additionally our woodlands are now facing unprecedented threats from environmental change, pests and diseases.

Some have heralded 2013 as a turning point for the fortunes of English Woodlands. Join us to hear and discuss how a revival of a ‘wood culture’ in England may lead to sustainable woodlands and greater quality of life.

The New Sylva

The New Sylva – to be published by Bloomsbury in 2014

Speakers include our Chief Executive, Gabriel Hemery, who will talk about the work of John Evelyn in the 17th Century and the writing of The New Sylva book to be published in 2014. A later session by co-author and artist Sarah Simblet, from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, will follow the making of the 200 botanical, tree and forestscape drawings made especially for the book. TV presenter and journalist Robert Penn will talk of his latest project honouring the ash tree in Britain. Nick Brown from Oxford University will explain the vital role of research carried out in woodlands owned by the university. Sylva’s Alistair Yeomans will explain the role of the Good Woods project and how B&Q have injected financial support and enthusiasm into improving the condition of England’s trees and forests.

Book online

Places are limited. For more information about the course and took book your place, click here.

 

 


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Day course – an extraordinary year for England’s woodlands

posted on July 15, 2013

Following a successful course in 2011, Sylva has again teamed up with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, to hold a one day course: An Extraordinary Year for England’s Woodlands.

This course is designed for people who have in interest in trees and woodlands. England’s woodlands have provided for mankind’s needs for many centuries, leading to a strong culture of appreciating and using wood. However in recent decades the care and management of England’s woodlands has declined. Additionally our woodlands are now facing unprecedented threats from environmental change, pests and diseases.

However, 2013 has been heralded as a turning point for the fortunes of English Woodlands. This course will detail how a revival of a ‘wood culture’ in England will lead to a greater appreciation of how working with our woodlands sustainably can ensure that they continue to contribute to our quality of life.

Programme details – Saturday November 30th, Oxford

0915 – 0940 Registration

0940 – 0950 Introduction – Dr Robin Buxton

0950 – 1050 The New Sylva – introducing 21st Century forestry to the general public – Dr Gabriel Hemery

1050 – 1115  Coffee/tea

1115 – 1200 Good Woods – How B&Q’s NetPositive initiative is working to improve England’s trees and woods – Alistair Yeomans

1200 – 1300 A celebration of the Ash tree –how people have honoured, worked and used the wood from this now threatened species – Robert Penn

1300 – 1400 Lunch

1400 – 1510 Protecting Trees and woodlands – the research role of Oxford University in the stewardship of woodlands – Dr Nick Brown

1510 – 1540 Tea/coffee

1540 – 1640 The making of The New Sylva – the role of art in reviving a wood culture – Dr Sarah Simblet

1640 – 1700 Summary session – Alistair Yeomans

Book online

For more information about the course and took book your place, click here.

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British Woodlands Conference, December 11th 2012 in Oxford

posted on October 8, 2012
British Woodlands 2012

Read more about the British Woodlands 2012 survey

Conference Programme (Click to download)

The conference will report on the 2012 survey of British woodland owners and managers. It will explore contemporary questions related to sustainable forest management in private woodlands raised by survey respondents and discuss results of their attitudes to ecological and economic challenges.

Detailed Description

Date: 11th December 2012

Location: Department of Plant Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB

Price: £25.00 – includes conference attendance, documents, tea, coffee and sandwich lunch.

Please note – there is no parking in the department. Drivers are advised to use the city’s Park & Rides.

Register here for the British Woodlands 2012 Conference

Register here for the British Woodlands 2012 Conference


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