SilviFuture upgraded

posted on March 6, 2014
SilviFuture - a network promoting novel forest species

SilviFuture – a network promoting novel forest species – the frontpage of the upgraded website

SilviFuture marked Climate Week by unveiling a new-look for its free knowledge-sharing database for woodland growers wanting to identify and plant resilient tree species – and has launched an appeal for added data!

SilviFuture, a partnership by Sylva Foundation, Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Silvanus Trust and Royal Forestry Society (RFS), was first piloted in October 2013 and, following feedback from users, has been upgraded and expanded:

  • Details of more than 700 stands of novel species have been added.
  • A traffic light signal to help identify those species where information is urgently required.
  • Facilities for uploading photographs.
  • Additional species.
  • An improved search function, including synonyms.
  • A film, presented by Sylva’s Gabriel Hemery, has also been released and is available on the website’s frontpage.

The partners behind the SilviFuture network are urging woodland growers and managers to check out the information on more than 700 stands of ‘novel’ trees already on the database – and add data from their own stands, so that knowledge can be shared to ensure healthy woodlands and a home-grown timber industry for the future.


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Good Woods project film released

posted on March 27, 2013

A film about the B&Q Good Woods project has been released. It features Sarah Greenaway from B&Q and Pooran Desai from our partners BioRegional who explain the ideas behind the project and our work objectives during 2013. They visit brickmaker Jim Matthews of H. G Matthews who uses timber to fire his kiln, harvested both from his own woodland and from an increasing number of local woodlands. The film is narrated by our Media Associate, and presenter of the 2012 BBC hit series Tales from the Wild Wood, Robert Penn.

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Read more about the B&Q Good Woods project at


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Forgotten Forests film

posted on August 10, 2011

Sylva has produced a short film for the Forgotten Forests project run by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Entitled Britain’s forgotten forests, our film explains that many of the forests in Britain are moribund and suggests that  people are increasingly disconnected from them.  Written and presented by our CEO Gabriel Hemery, the film seeks to challenge people to see the forests on our doorsteps in a new light.

Watch Sylva’s film Britain’s Forgotten Forests or read more about the Forgotten Forests project here.

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