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Shapes of Trees – an evening of music

posted on November 9, 2017

Tickets are still available for The Shapes of Trees event – an evening of music at the Sylva Wood Centre on 16th November. The event is part of our Winter Festival of Trees, Woods and People which is promoting the launch of the ‘Tree Charter’.

Event profits to Sylva Foundation. Read more and purchase tickets

Shapes of Trees - 16th November 2017

Shapes of Trees – 16th November 2017

WOOD FESTIVAL & SYLVA FOUNDATION present

an evening of music inspired by Trees, Woods and People

featuring

DANNY GEORGE WILSON

JACKIE OATES & MEGAN HENWOOD

ROBIN BENNETT (The Dreaming Spires, Wood Festival)

with readings from FIONA STAFFORD

and photography by GABRIEL HEMERY

THURSDAY 16th November, 7.30-11pm

at the Sylva WOOD centre, Little Wittenham

Tickets £12.50 advance.

Licensed bar.

Event profits to the Sylva Foundation.

Read more and purchase tickets


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Hooke Park Winter Lecture series

posted on November 3, 2015

The Winter lecture series at the Architectural Association’s Woodland Campus at Hooke Park, has been announced.

Sylva Foundation’s CEO Dr Gabriel Hemery is part of the line up of speakers this year. He will be talking about woodland culture and the making of The New Sylva on Wednesday 2nd December.

Read more about the Hooke Park Winter lectures

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Conference: Resilient Woodlands – meeting the challenges

posted on September 7, 2015
Resilient Woodlands conference: 1st October

Resilient Woodlands conference: 1st October

An important conference — Resilient Woodlands: meeting the challenges — is taking place at Birmingham on 1st October, and places are still available.

The conference is not only where people can hear the first results of the British Woodlands Survey 2015 but also listen to a top level line up of speakers raising the questions we need to consider about the impact of climate change on our woods and offering their perspectives on measures to support moves towards increased resilience. Organised jointly by the Royal Forestry Society and the Woodland Trust it promises to be a lively conference with plenty of time for discussion which anybody with an active interest in the long term health of our woods will benefit from attending.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Townsend, Woodland Trust
  • Dr Gabriel Hemery, Sylva Foundation
  • Duncan Stone, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Graham Taylor, Pryor and Rickett
  • Professor Rob Mackenzie, BiFor
  • Dr Tom Tew, Vincent Wildlife Trust
  • Philippe Morgan, President, Pro Silva

A full programme and booking details can be found here.


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Resilient woodlands: meeting the challenge

posted on June 11, 2015

An important conference will take place on October 1st concerning the challenges facing our woodlands from environmental change. Organised jointly by the Royal Forestry Society and the Woodland Trust,  we are pleased to have been invited to contribute. Sylva Foundation CEO Dr Gabriel Hemery will present early findings from the latest of our British Woodlands Surveys — to launch this summer on the theme of resilience (read more) — and discuss these in the context of practical action that woodland owners can take.


October 1st 2015

The RFS and The Woodland Trust present: 

Resilient Woodlands: meeting the challenges

resilience - are you meeting the challenges

Resilience – are you meeting the challenges? A poster produced by Sylva in 2014

Everybody’s talking about the challenges, but what should you be doing?

Join a top line up of speakers at the National Motorcyle Museum , Birmingham, to address these three key questions:

  • What are the key challenges for woods and woodland owners in the 21st century?
  • How can we make woods and wooded landscapes both ecologically and financially resilient?
  • What does this mean in terms of policy and practice?

The event brings together a unique line up of experts to discuss the questions which impact on all woodland owners and managers, and on everyone who loves or is involved in woodlands – what should we all be doing to ensure our woodlands are resilient to the threats from environmental change?

Full details of the conference, the speakers and how to book go to www.rfs.org.uk 

The conference counts towards CPD for a number of organisations, and  places are limited, so book early!

RFS President Sophie Churchill and The Woodland Trust CEO, Beccy Speight will be chairing the day.

Speakers are: Resilient Landscapes – Mike Townsend, Woodland Trust; Ecological Resilience in Woodlands –  Duncan Stone, Scottish Natural Heritage; Making Woodlands Pay – Graham Taylor, Pryor and Rickett Silviculture; Resilience: a research perspective – Professor Rob MacKenzie , BIFoR; Forest Resilience and Climate Change – Jonathan Spencer, Forestry Commission; Resilience in Living Landscapes – Stephen Trotter, the Wildlife Trusts; Natural Capital – Professor  Dieter Helm, Chairman of Natural Capital Committee (by video); Marketing your Woodland: innovations in wood product markets – Jez Ralph, Timber Strategies; Are pine martens the answer to grey squirrel control? – Dr Tom Tew, Chief Executive Environment Bank and Chairman of Vincent Wildlife Trust; A Practical Guide to taking Action on Resilience – Dr Gabriel Hemery, Sylva Foundation.


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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 www.theresiliencecentre.co.uk/courses

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Celebrating the 350th anniversary of Evelyn’s Sylva

posted on February 28, 2014

During 2014 the Sylva Foundation is supporting a number of activities across the UK to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of John Evelyn’s Sylva in 1664.

The New Sylva - Bloomsbury Publishing

The New Sylva – Bloomsbury Publishing

Our activities are centred around the publication of The New Sylva book, which the charity has sponsored with the purpose of raising awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management. Signed copies of the book are now available to pre-order in our online shop – publication date April 10th – all proceeds to the Sylva Foundation.

We are supporting fine art exhibitions at botanic gardens and woodland trails at two arboreta featuring drawings and content of the book.

The authors have listed the events on their book blog – see www.newsylva.com/author-events – featuring these events plus appearances at literary festivals:

Oxford Literary Festival – Wednesday 26th March 2014

Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet will be speaking about the creation of The New Sylva. For more information and to book visit the Oxford Literary Festival website.

Harcourt Arboretum – April 1st to November 31st 2014

An outdoor trail around the arboretum featuring selected drawings from The New Sylva, together with information panels. The trail will be open for most of 2014. The authors will be visiting the arboretum personally for specific events – details to follow soon. See www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – 17th April to 31st May 2014

A major exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and behind the scenes stories of the making of The New Sylva. See www.rbge.org.uk

National Botanic Garden of Wales – 17th April to 31st May 2014

A major exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and the behind the scenes stories of the making of the book. See www.gardenofwales.org.uk

Benmore Botanic Garden – dates to be confirmed

An exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and the behind the scenes stories of the making of the book. See www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/benmore

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin – dates to be confirmed

An exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva together with information panels covering the history of Evelyn’s Sylva and the behind the scenes stories of the making of the book. See www.botanicgardens.ie

Chalke Valley History Festival – 28th June 2014

Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet will be talking about the creation of The New Sylva at the literary festival at this fabulous outdoor event. See www.cvhf.org.uk

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum – June 1st to August 31st 2014

An outdoor trail around the arboretum featuring selected drawings from The New Sylva, together with information panels. The trail will be open for three months. The authors will be visiting the arboretum personally for specific events – details to follow soon. See www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt


Additional events will be listed on the author’s blog when confirmed –  www.newsylva.com/author-events

 


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Places available at workshops held across England

posted on January 6, 2014
UKFS tour - download pdf

UKFS tour – download pdf

Forest owners and agents will be aware by now that Forestry Commission England are shortly introducing a new management plan template. Join us and our partners at a series of workshops designed to introduce the plan. The workshops, organised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, are taking place at venues across England and still have places available.

The new woodland management plan template aims to support more woodlands into management, to ensure compliance with UKFS, and link in with England’s next Rural Development Programme. The workshops incorporate practical advice on using the templates to improve your plans, while offering a better understanding of the FCE’s approval process, and are particularly valuable for forestry practitioners, agents and woodland owners.

Workshop Dates and Locations, 2014

  • 14 January – Castle Gate, Newcastle
  • 15 January – Preston, Lancashire
  • 17 January – Sand Hutton, York
  • 28 January – Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 29 January – Oakham, Rutland
  • 31 January – Bewdley, Worcestershire
  • 24 February – Haldon Forest, Exeter
  • 25 February – Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
  • 27 February – Flimwell, East Sussex
  • 28 February – Horndean, Hampshire

For a full range of dates, locations and information on how to book your place click here.


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Summary of woodland conference at Oxford University

posted on December 2, 2013

2013 – An Extraordinary Year for England’s Woodlands

Sylva’s day course, run in association with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, attracted some 35 delegates on Saturday.

Attendees heard how England’s woodlands have provided for mankind’s needs for many centuries, leading to a strong culture of appreciating and using wood, yet in recent decades the care and management of England’s woodlands has declined.  With unprecedented threats from environmental change, pests and diseases, the sustainable management of our woodlands need to be embraced as part of a revitalised wood culture for the 21st Century.

There were some changes in the advertised programme, with two speakers having to pull out for personal reasons, however the alternative speakers provided excellent presentations.

Robin Buxton talk

Robin Buxton talk

The day was introduced by Robin Buxton who provided the evolutionary and global context for the day’s talks. He demonstrated the need to get the balance right between economic and ecological needs, drawing especially upon his experiences of working in Africa.

Gabriel Hemery talk

Gabriel Hemery talk

Gabriel Hemery provided a history of our trees from 1000 A.D. and how they have supported civilisation in this country. His presentation made us think about our intrinsic views and values of nature and how they relate to the trees and woodlands around us.

Alistair Yeomans talk

Alistair Yeomans talk

Alistair Yeomans provided an overview of a what a ‘wood culture’ means and how the forestry community can consider communicating this to wider society. He continued to give an overview of the evolving world of Corporate Social Responsibility and described to the audience the Good Woods project that the Sylva Foundation is currently carrying out with B&Q, BioRegional and Lantern. Alistair presented Dr Derek Nicholls from the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, with a limited edition portrait of the OneOak tree (available to purchase from our online shop) as a token of appreciation for his support in collaborating with Sylva staff in the British Woodlands 2012 survey.

Robert Penn talk

Robert Penn talk

Rob Penn described eloquently the fun and challenges of woodland management. He talked about the making of the BBC4 programme Tales from the Wildwood and its popularity which surprised TV executives. He introduced his latest project following the life of an ash tree, describing meetings with hurley stick makers, furniture makers and wheelwrights. His work literally brings forestry to life by focussing on the many products that we all use and love – introducing sustainable forest management to a general public audience.

Oxford Researchers talks

Oxford Researchers talks

Louise Hill and Jessica Needham reported on the revival of temperate forestry activity at Oxford University. It was great to hear from the new cohort of forest researchers, both Sylva scholars and otherwise. Their talks exemplified the need and importance for sound research that we can convert into effective policy. Both their DPhil research projects are associated with Chalara ash dieback: Louise dealing with the consequences of the disease of ecosystem services such as carbon and biodiversity, Jessica focussing on the pathogen responsible. Their efforts are needed now, more than ever and it was reassuring that forestry research is in such intelligent, dedicated hands.

The New Sylva talk - Gabriel Hemery

The New Sylva talk – Gabriel Hemery

Gabriel Hemery returned to the floor to talk about the making of The New Sylva to be published by Bloomsbury in 2014. This perhaps will be the most visually compelling version of a wood culture. One that will reach far beyond the forest. It further builds on a tremendous legacy of forestry and woodland appreciation in this country.

Throughout the day delegates were introduced to many examples of agents for change; these took the form of books, art, television, research and web technology. It is such vehicles that are needed to infuse the importance of trees and woodlands into the heart of society. Hopefully all of these efforts will contribute to the wood culture that will shape a future where society cares for our tree and woodland resources in the best way possible.

We thank all of the speakers and the delegates for participating in some great debates and question sessions. Perhaps the notion of a wood culture was epitomised by a discussion between two delegates: one a woodland owner about the difficulties of communicating positively to members of the public about their management activities, the other a house owner who asked how she could be better informed about woodland management beyond her back garden.

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Day course in Oxford – last places available

posted on November 22, 2013

A few remaining places are available on our one day course with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford.

The course next Saturday (30th November) 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.

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

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