Mechanical Hardwood Thinnings, Woodfuel Self Supply and Adding Value

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March 12, 2014
9:30 amto3:30 pm

This event will take place at the National Trust, Dudmaston Estate near Bridgnorth.  Dudmaston has a long history of forestry and was one of the first National Trust Estates in the country to install woodchip heating.

Nathan Home from Home Forestry will demonstrate mechanical harvesting and extraction of hardwood thinnings in the estate’s woodlands. National Trust Forester, Mike Annis, will discuss how the estate is planning for future resilience.

We will then take a look at a woodchip fired boiler system and discuss the wood chipping and storage processes.  After lunch we will be discovering how the National Trust adds value to their home grown timber by milling and producing items for sale and use across the National Trust.

 This activity packed day will appeal to people with a variety of different interests, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

When? – Wednesday 12th March 2014— 9.30am – 3.30pm

Where? – Quatt, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QN

 The majority of the event will take place outdoors so please ensure suitable clothing and footwear is worn.  Some walking over uneven terrain will be required to access the demonstration sites.

The event costs £10.00 which includes refreshments and lunch and is targeted at woodland  owners and managers within the West Midlands. Reservations will be given on a first come first served basis. 

To book your place, contact Harriet Wood at Heartwoods on 01952 435860 or email 






Business resilience—help available

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We hear much about the resilience of our woodlands in the face of threatening pests and diseases. Important issues without a doubt, but just as important is the resilience of businesses in the sector—without them we would not have the means to manage the woodlands and bring timber to the market. Two things that might help:

Details of the final round of FFIS can be found on page two of the newsletter and these grants could be a welcome shot in the arm for forestry businesses needing to invest in new equipment.

The announcement made last week by Prime Minister, David Cameron outlining a range of measures aimed at helping businesses affected by the floods, including : a grant of up to £5000 to build in better flood protection;  a £10 million fund for farmers who have seen their land waterlogged; VAT, PAYE and corporation tax deferral for three months; and 3 months 100% business rate relief.

What constitutes a ‘business affected by the flooding’ is not entirely clear at  present but it would be worth keeping an eye on this announcement and the subsequent implementation.

Heartwoods Newsletter February 2014

Forestry Commission Tree Health Update

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The latest information from the Forestry Commission regarding Tree Health is now available: Issue2Jan14 (2)