posted on November 11, 2015
Sylva Foundation CEO Gabriel Hemery talked about wood culture at Confor’s Westminster conference this week.
Gabriel Hemery talking at Confor’s Westminster conference. Photo Grown in Britain.
After reading a couple of verses from W. H. Auden’s poem — A culture is no better than its woods — Gabriel talked about how society could revive a wood culture in Britain by addressing three key aspects.
PEOPLE – the need for more collaboration and for a coherent story so that all of society feels an affinity with the natural world. He called for Forest School to be available to all children in the UK. Such actions, he said, will ensure that society is sustainable.
WOODLANDS – the need to bring more of our forests into good management (as measured against the UK Forestry Standard), by supporting woodland managers and innovating in all areas including new green economics. This will ensure that our woodlands are sustainable.
WOOD – to bring innovation into the heart of our wood sector, from the way that we understand and inventorise our wood resources, to engineering innovations including thermal-modification and nano-crystalline cellulose. Such steps will help deliver a sustainable economy.
Gabriel ended by calling for more collaboration between organisations to create a strong and coherent voice for forestry, in all its guises.
“How much they cost each other and the gods.
A culture is no better than its woods.”
Bucolics, II: Woods; W.H. Auden.
Thanks to Confor for organising an excellent conference.
Grown in Britain
Sylva is pleased to lend its support to a new movement known as Grown in Britain that has been launched with cross-Government support and the involvement of all parts of the forestry sector across Britain.
Its aims are to:
- Create a new and stronger market ‘pull’ for the array of products derived from our forests and woodlands.
- Develop private sector funding that supports the planting and management of forests and woodlands through funding from corporates as part of their corporate social responsibility.
- Connect together and harness the positive energy and feelings towards our forests and woodlands that many in our society share to create a strong ‘wood culture’. A wood culture that captures personal health and fitness, well-being, community and encourages use of more wood and forest products.
Sylva is pleased to endorse the movement, and in particular are pleased that its work with partners B&Q and BioRegional (read more) can offer an early and practical example of how the sector can work together to make a lasting impact on the future of Britain’s forests. It also chimes perfectly with Sylva’s mission to ‘revive Britain’s wood culture‘, that we have been working hard towards since our inception five years ago. We look forward to supporting the movement in every way that we can.
Read more about Grown in Britain