Confor report, Forestry: fit for the 21st century

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Confor has produced a report on the benefits of managed forests to help inform decision-makers, the wider public and media of the diverse benefits derived from forests, forest management, timber and participating businesses. It has already been sent to over 200 MPs and civil servants, as well as to members of the Independent Forestry Panel (England).  It is now released for wider discussion and the industry is encouraged to promote it.

Primarily produced to contribute to the fundamental forestry debate ongoing in England, where it is clear that opinion has not always been well informed, it is timed to brief the forestry panel and others involved, but is applicable across the UK.  It highlights some basic points, including:

  • The low level of woodland cover in England;
  • Around 45% of which is unmanaged;
  • Restructuring plantations and sustainable forest management;
  • Management brings diverse environmental and social benefits;
  • The need for financial sustainability to underpin the environmental and social;
  • The need for long-term policy, beyond the Westminster political cycle;
  • Growing trees absorb carbon, which is stored even when used in timber products;
  • The greater the economic activity, the greater the environmental benefit;
  • Appropriate use of woodfuel for renewable energy;
  • Green jobs, especially valuable in rural areas, and the supply chain, with case studies;
  • The need for increased softwood planting and production of raw material for industry.

Confor’s head of policy, Rupert Pigot, commented, “This report is a useful source of basic information for all those taking an interest in the future of forestry, especially in England, but also across the UK.  I hope it will increase understanding and awareness of this uniquely valuable sector.  Everyone is encouraged to take a look and think of people they know who would be interested in reading it.

A pdf of the report is available here.

Confor report, Forestry: fit for the 21st century

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Confor has produced a report on the benefits of managed forests to help inform decision-makers, the wider public and media of the diverse benefits derived from forests, forest management, timber and participating businesses. It has already been sent to over 200 MPs and civil servants, as well as to members of the Independent Forestry Panel (England).  It is now released for wider discussion and the industry is encouraged to promote it.

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A successful event at Whitfield Estate

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The sun was shinning and everyone seemed to have a good day at Whitfield Estate and were able to take home some great information from some expert sources. The main message being that all woodland management involves assessing the woodland and the “suite of opportunities” available; woodfuel is just one of those opportunities.

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Woodland – fuel for thought

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Woodfuel is a byproduct of growing timber – this was the key take home message from a demonstration event, hosted at the Whitfield Estate, Wormbridge.

More than 20 farmers and landowners were given a practical tour of “The Big Wood” showing the opportunities of coppicing, regeneration, pure oak stands and thinning, while discussing the commercial markets, usage and returns.

All woodland management involves assessing the woodland and the “suite of opportunities” available; woodfuel is just one of those opportunities.

The order of importance of these opportunities will depend on the priorities of the woodland owner. However according to Graham Taylor of Pryor and Rickett Silviculture, woodfuel should not be a priority – “to manage woodland specifically for woodfuel, would be for the tail to wag the dog.”

Nick Maskery – of Heartwoods described the process of producing a “woodland inventory,” which would be followed by a full “woodland management plan.” Once both these are in place long term objectives are in place and the option to apply for grant funding, from replanting to capital investment becomes live.

Land agent for the Whitfield Estate, William Shuttleworth of Balfours with Berringtons, who were joint sponsors of the event, told how the estate has utilised woodfuel to provide sustainable energy for the estate, through woodchip and biomass burners. He explained: “The lead in time is one of the most critical factors in providing dry wood to ensure maximum efficiency in the burning process.”

Pictured: Wood chip processing is seen behind, from left, Nick Salt, of the Forestry Commission; William Shuttleworth of Balfours with Berringtons; Graham Taylor of Pryor Ricketts Silviculture and Nick Maskery of Heartwoods.

Pictured: Wood chip processing is seen behind, from left, Nick Salt, of the Forestry Commission; William Shuttleworth of Balfours with Berringtons; Graham Taylor of Pryor Ricketts Silviculture and Nick Maskery of Heartwoods.

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