nurturing a wood culture, growing a future

Archaeological excavations at Sylva Wood Centre September 2016

Anglo-Saxon building discovered at the Sylva Wood Centre

An Anglo-Saxon building has been discovered on our land at the Sylva Wood Centre. Timber remained the building material of choice for Anglo-Saxon kings and nobility, even several centuries after stone construction was reintroduced for building churches. Indeed, the word ‘timber’ is an Anglo-Saxon one and was synonymous with the act of building itself. Watch a short TV interview.

opportunities for uk hardwood

UK could double its hardwood timber production and reduce reliance on imports

The UK currently consumes more than 0.5M cubic metres of hardwood timber every year but less than 10% of this is grown in the UK. Yet sustainable home-grown timber production could be doubled by 2050, reducing timber imports by 50 million cubic metres. This would underpin investment in innovation both in the utilisation of or our woodlands and their management.

Sylva Foundation planting plans

Bags of Help for Future Forest Education

Sylva Foundation calls for votes to bag a share of £12.5million carrier bag charge fund. The charity is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The Big Future Forest Plot Project will see over 300 children from 10 primary schools local to the Sylva Wood Centre in Long Wittenham choose and plant trees on 10 plots this winter. As the Future Forest grows schools will be offered the opportunity to use it to Forest School sessions and children and their families can visit ‘their’ school plot to see its progress and enjoy the new green space.

Charter for Trees, Woods and People

Woodland owners – have your say in the 2017 Charter

Sylva Foundation is supporting the 2017 Charter for Trees, Woods and People, by capturing the stories of woodland owners. We want to ensure that the Charter speaks for them, and recognises their vital role as custodians of the nation’s woodland heritage.

If you are a woodland owner or custodian please consider taking part. The simple online consultation will take only a few minutes to complete. Your woodland will be registered by county in the 2017 Charter.