Our forestry knowledge and information technology skills are supported by state-of-art evidence, providing innovative solutions to some of the greatest environmental challenges facing modern society.

myForest

myForest

myForest is a flagship project for the Sylva Foundation. Our mission is to use our forestry knowledge and information technology skills, supported by state-of-art evidence, to provide innovative solutions to some of the greatest environmental challenges facing modern society.

Free to all users, myForest is bringing the latest technology to the forestry sector. Whether a small woodland owner, or land agent companies, myForest provides comprehensive online mapping, digital tools and the latest resources not only to sustainably manage forests, but to provide unique support for the creation of new forests around Britain.

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Woodland habitat around the stream

In Britain there is an estimated 700,000ha of under-managed woodlands. This has a big impact on our ability to create resilient woodlands, thriving habitats and healthy spaces for people, whilst overcoming threats from climate change, and a growing number of pests and pathogens. 

As one of Europe’s least forested countries, the UK needs to fulfil its potential in providing a meaningful contribution towards the country’s timber needs.

myForest has made both management planning and the coordination of our clients and work so much simpler. All the information and resources are in one place, the process is intuitive and straightforward. When we submitted the first management plan using myForest our local woodland officer said it was one of the best plans he had received.

Tim Selman, Managing Director, Wyre Community Land Trust

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NatureBid

NatureBid

NatureBid is an online funding platform offering the latest mapping and auction tools to reduce administration costs for investors in the environment.

NatureBid works collaboratively with funders and engagement partners to ensure a funding platform that best supports everyone’s needs. 

NatureBid is flexible and can support different approaches including reverse auctions, single shot auctions, collaborative working across landscapes, or used simply as a powerful engagement tool to allow landowners to propose projects on their land.

Funding is needed to support interventions to help with the biodiversity and climate emergencies. NatureBid has already provided a solution to allow funders to deliver environmental improvements across the country in an innovative and cost effective way.  

Sylva Foundation added the Woodland Carbon Guarantee to the NatureBid platform in 2019, and have worked successfully with the Forestry Commission since then to deliver four auctions, with more planned. The NatureBid platform is really user-friendly, supported by clear guidance including a video guide, making it easy for applicants to register and take part in the auction.
Sylva Foundation has been great to work with, they are solution focused and always deliver high quality outputs on time and within budget.

Samantha Neck, Forestry Commission

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Forest Lab

Forest Lab is an exciting new project for myForest users to collect and share data to help support knowledge exchange, benefit forest management and forestry science.

Forest Lab is an innovative project for woodland owners and managers, developed in partnership with Forest Research.  Using the latest technology, Forest Lab enables myForest users to become volunteer ‘stewardship scientists’ by joining science projects, collaborating with researchers and sharing data to improve forest resilience, enhance forest biodiversity, and protect nature and the landscape.

Forest Lab presents a unique opportunity to collect and share data between woodland owners and managers, researchers and scientists that will have an impact, not just on individual private woodlands, but on the resilience of forests right across Britain.

I see change within my own woodland due to disease and possibly climate change. The more that can be learnt about these effects the better I will be able to adapt my management in the future.

Woodland Owner, 
2022 myForest Survey

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Woodland Wildlife Toolkit

A web-based toolkit providing advice on managing woodlands for wildlife, in particular rare and declining species that are dependent on woodland habitats.

Learn more about the Woodland Wildlife Toolkit

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Woodland Wildlife Toolkit brings together species data from more than 30 expert organisations, and allows you to search for important wildlife that is likely to be found in or near your woodland based on available survey and distribution data.

The Woodland Wildlife Toolkit provides practical expert advice on wildlife species and how to manage your woodland in order to provide these habitats so they can thrive. 

The toolkit makes woodland management decisions easier. In addition to detailed advice for specific species, it provides advice on assessing the condition of your woodland. This includes helpful guidance on everything from managing mixed different woodland types, timing of management, to native woodland creation.

This information is crucial to developing a management plan that will create healthy habitats in your woodland.

Woodland Wildlife Toolkit

The Woodland Wildlife Toolkit has been developed in collaboration with: Bat Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Plantlife, RSPB, Sylva Foundation and Woodland Trust.

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