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Membership offers available through myForest

posted on November 14, 2014

Small Woods Association and Royal Forestry Society membership offers, launched earlier this year, are still available through myForest.

myForest is a free web-based platform offering mapping and management tools for woodland owners and managers. Since May, existing and new users of myForest have been eligible to join the Royal Forestry Society and the Small Woods Association at a discounted rate. Many myForest users have taken up the opportunity to join both membership organisations and the offers remain open to anyone who has signed up to the myForest Service (providing that they have not recently been a member of the organisation they wish to join).

RFS & Small Woods  membership offers

RFS & Small Woods membership offers

The partnership reflects the different specialisms and interests of the three partner organisations. The Royal Forestry Society and Small Woods Association are both membership organisations; together supporting over 6,000 woodland owners. The Sylva Foundation does not offer a membership but runs the myForest Service providing over 2,000 woodland owners and managers with simple yet powerful tools to help them manage their woodlands.

Full details about the offers are available via the myForest website:  www.myforest.org.uk/membership-offer

 

 


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Partnership launched between three forestry organisations

posted on April 16, 2014

Three major organisations serving public interests in forestry, have come together forming a powerful partnership to foster sustainable forest management in Britain. The Royal Forestry Society, Small Woods Association and the Sylva Foundation will be working together to support woodland owners in caring for their woodlands.

The majority (72%) of all forested land in the UK is owned and managed by private woodland owners. Ensuring that our woodlands are resilient to future challenges ‒ including pests, pathogens, and climate change ‒ while also being capable of supporting biodiversity and producing timber, requires the active engagement and support of owners. In England alone, around 47% of woodlands are considered either un‐managed or under‐managed. Bringing these woodlands back into good condition through sustainable woodland management will be integral to growing a new ‘wood culture’, providing more jobs in the forestry sector, improving woodland habitats for nature and creating more places for people to exercise and enjoy the countryside.

The partnership reflects the different specialisms and interests of the three partner organisations. The Royal Forestry Society and Small Woods Association are both membership organisations; together supporting over 6000 woodland owners. The Sylva Foundation does not offer a membership but runs the myForest Service – a free web-based platform offering mapping and management tools for woodland owners and managers: www.myforest.org.uk

From today, existing and new users of the myForest Service will be eligible to join the Royal Forestry Society and the Small Woods Association at a discounted rate. The offers are open to anyone who has signed up to the myForest Service, providing that they have not recently been a member of the organisation they wish to join. Full details about the offers are available via the myForest website: www.myforest.org.uk/membership-offer

 

Left to right: Gabriel Hemery (Sylva), Alistair Yeomans (Sylva), Simon Lloyd (RFS), Mike Bentley (Small Woods) and Paul Orsi (Sylva) celebrate the formation of the partnership.

Left to right: Gabriel Hemery (Sylva), Alistair Yeomans (Sylva), Simon Lloyd (RFS), Mike Bentley (Small Woods) and Paul Orsi (Sylva) celebrate the formation of the partnership.

Dr Gabriel Hemery, chief executive of Sylva, said “It is a significant step for Britain’s woodlands, and for those that care for them, that our organisations are able to work together in this way for the first time. By collaborating we are able to bring together the management tools of myForest with the benefits of two great membership organisations.”

Simon Lloyd, director of the RFS said “We are delighted to be teaming up with Sylva Foundation to be able to offer those new to woodland management the opportunity to combine the benefits of myForest’s online management planning tools with the opportunity visit woodlands and learn about all aspects of woodland management from the experiences of a network of 3,500 RFS members. We believe well managed woods which produce sustainable quantities of quality timber, wood fuel and other products are better for nature conservation, better for people and better for the economy.”  www.rfs.org.uk

Mike Bentley, chief executive of the Small Woods Association said “We warmly welcome the chance to team up with Sylva and the RFS in this joint effort to help more people manage their woodlands. Sylva’s free woodland mapping and planning tool is already being used by some of our members to great effect and we are keen to offer our unique range of membership benefits to all other users of myForest. Small Woods are a friendly and approachable membership organisation offering support and advice to owners, practitioners and enthusiasts with different backgrounds, objectives and levels of experience. I am sure many myForest users will find us as their natural home and this is why we are very happy to offer them an introductory membership discount.” www.smallwoods.org.uk

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A golden woodland

posted on October 3, 2013

Sylva’s CEO, Gabriel Hemery, recently attended the Small Woods skill share weekend, following an invitation to give a presentation about our wood culture (read more).

Small Woods skill sharing weekend

Small Woods skill sharing weekend. Photo Small Woods.

Speaking to an audience of about 40 woodland owners attending the event at the Green Wood Centre near Ironbridge, he outlined Sylva’s work to revive a wood culture in Britain, defining it as “the stewardship of woodlands and the use of forest produce for a sustainable future.”

He explained work underway in the Good Woods project, running in conjunction with partners B&Q and BioRegional. Gabriel introduced the Woodland Star Rating, based on the UK Forestry Standard, to the audience, explaining how it aimed to support and encourage woodland owners to further their own understanding and activities, and also to demonstrate to members of the public the great work that the owners do to support sustainability in their woodlands. As he announced that the ultimate accolade for a woodland owner under this scheme was to achieve Gold Standard, one member of the audience immediately announced that she was indeed the proud owner of a Gold Standard woodland. Completely unscripted of course, it was a wonderful moment and given the rarity of woodlands achieving this standard currently, an unlikely one. This prompted a spontaneous round of applause from all.

With thanks to Small Woods for their invitation to Sylva to speak at the event.

If you are a woodland owner in south east or east England and are interested in a visit from a Good Woods advisor, please visit our Good Woods page to find out more.

 


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Skill share weekend with Small Woods

posted on September 5, 2013

Small Woods is holding a Skill Share weekend at the Green Wood Centre in Telford 6-8 September for members. If you want to take part and are not a member currently, you can join before the meeting (see below).

Meet newly appointed Small Woods CEO Mike Bentley, listen to main speakers Gabriel Hemery (Sylva) and John Weir (Forestry Commission), and enjoy a programme of workshops, demonstrations and visits in the beautiful Ironbridge Gorge.

Saturday features a range of speakers including Sylva’s Gabriel Hemery, billed as follows:

Gabriel is one of our most well known ‘thinkers’ about the future of our woodlands. He will talk about what the Independent Forestry Panel termed ‘Wood Culture’ – the understanding of the central role that woodlands play in the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Britain and what woodland managers can do to help restore it.”

Saturday concludes with a Foresters Question Time and a barbeque. The agenda for Sunday includes visits to two local woodlands.

For more details about the event visit the Small Woods website.  Non-members of Small Woods can attend if they join the organisation at the special price of £25 for their first year’s membership by Direct Debit.

Email Phil Tidey on philtidey@smallwoods.org.uk for more information or to book.

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