GIS course – management planning using myForest

posted on February 2, 2018

The Royal Forestry Society has announced further courses in its excellent line up for woodland owners, managers and others, including a GIS course using Sylva Foundation’s myForest.

Friday, 19 October 2018

myForest service

myForest service

myForest is a free to use online web tool ( designed to help woodland owners and managers produce management plans. The system allows users to map their woodlands, add information (including inventory and work programme) and produce management plans using Forestry Commission England’s template.

Course leader Paul Orsi (Director for Forestry at Sylva Foundation) will take participants through the whole management planning process, from a woodland survey through to producing management plans which can be approved by a Forestry Commission Woodland Officer. Participants will learn how to create a myForest account, map a woodland area, add attribute data, and generate a management plan and associated maps. We will look at what is required from a good management plan and how myForest can help you with this.

This course is aimed at owners of small woodlands who are keen to learn how to create their own management plan.

For more information on the course and how to book, click here


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Argyll Small Woods Coop – woodland planning workshop

posted on October 16, 2017

The Argyll Small Woods Cooperative and the Croft Woodland Project are hosting a woodland planning workshop on Tuesday 24th October.

Argyll Small Woods Cooperative

Argyll Small Woods Cooperative

The workshop will take participants through the woodland planning process and introduce them to the practicalities of measuring trees and creating a woodland inventory. Participants will also learn how to use myForest to develop a plan for their woodlands as well as how myForest is helping the co-operative to query woodland information across its members, allowing them to assess opportunities for collaborative woodland management.

The event is being led by Paul Orsi, Director for Forestry at Sylva Foundation, and Iain Catterwell, a forestry consultant based in Argyll.

Email to book your place or to find out more.

Details: Culfail Hotel, Kilmelford, 11am – 4pm.

This is a free event supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, Woodland Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Managing Woods for Woodfuel course

posted on November 6, 2016
Ignite training programme

Ignite training programme

We are pleased to announce an Ignite training course to be held at the Sylva Wood Centre on 7th December: Managing woods for woodfuel.

Ignite Managing Woods for Woodfuel focuses on planting, managing and harvesting woodlands for use as woodfuel.  What timber is suited to what type of woodfuel (logs or chips), assessing woodlands, measuring timber, harvesting, extraction, conversion and the economic modelling of timber harvesting and woodfuel conversion are covered in this one day course.  A Lantra Awards certificate of attendance is issued on completion of the course.

The course date and venue is:

  • Wednesday 7th December
  • Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham, Oxford, OX14 4QT

Courses cost £180.00 (including VAT) per person and include Lantra Awards certification fees, handbooks and catering on the day.  A 10% discount is offered to members of Woodsure, the Wood Heat Association and the Confor Woodfuel Suppliers Group.  Please contact the office for more details.

Ignite is an innovative training programme of practical seminars and interactive workshops with a focus on woodfuel. Ignite is designed for those wanting to know more about woodfuel and to equip new and existing woodfuel businesses with the skills and knowledge required to meet the increasing demand for high quality products from this growing alternative market. Compliance with the sustainability requirements for fuel supplied to systems receiving RHI payments are a key feature of all our Ignite courses.


To book, please contact Erica Spencer at RDI Associates by:

Full course details are available on the RDI website:


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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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