Sylva Future Forest Friends

Trees are woven into the fabric of our lives. When we plant a tree we hope it will live and be healthy for many years - perhaps even beyond our lifetime. But, with climate change, pests and diseases threatening our woodlands which tree species are best equipped to thrive and stand the test of time? In 2016 Sylva Foundation will plant a new "Future Forest" at its Wood Centre in Oxfordshire to help find out.

What is the Future Forest?

A brand new three hectare woodland comprising three categories of trees:

  • Natives: old and bold (e.g. birch, oak, field maple, lime) from local sources
  • Natives with new genes: from sources matched to our future climate (2-5 degrees South)
  • Exotics: "outlandish, rare, and choice" - trees from far away that may do better than the Natives in future (e.g. tulip tree, Japanese red cedar, deodar, paulownia, Italian alder)

There will also be coppice areas planted with hazel, sweet chestnut and robinia. These shorter trees will produce wood that can be used within five years for products such as walking sticks, hurdles, pea sticks, fencing stakes.

How can I get involved?

By becoming a Friend of the Sylva Future Forest. Your support will help us plant and maintain one of 325 plots - each measuring 10 x 10m and containing 25 trees. And you can choose the forest or coppice zone, and the plot you prefer (subject to availability).

You can support the Future Forest by:

  • donating £5/month for three years OR
  • dedicating a plot as a wonderful unique gift for a new baby, a wedding, a special birthday, or in memory of a loved one - £180 one-off payment.
  • businesses can get involved too: sponsor a plot in the name of your business and get your team outdoors for an inspiring Earth, Wind & Fire session. A great and lasting PR opportunity too. £750.

Tree planting weekends

We are offering two weekends when Future Forest Friends can come and plant their trees and enjoy a morning or afternoon of fun activities. These will be:

  • January 28th/29th
  • February 25th/26th

Business sponsors will be contacted directly and a mutually convenient date arranged.

Are there any benefits to being a Friend?

Yes! Every Friend will receive an annual photo update, a hand-carved, limited edition 'leaf key' to the Forest*, an invitation to Sylva's annual 'Into The Woods' event each May and be able to visit the forest whenever you wish. If you dedicate a plot you'll also receive an exclusive dedication certificate to give as a gift or to keep.

Become a Friend before November 1st 2016 and you'll be invited to a special 'planting day' to help plant your plot.

Benefits £5/month Dedication
Thank you letter
Supporter/giftee name on our online Forest Map
Unique leaf 'key'
Annual photo update
Invitation to annual 'Into the Woods' day including children's Woodland Workshop (first 2017)
Certificate of dedication

*Once the first payment has been received