Ground Truthing the Marches Timber Study

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The Marches Timber Study Ground Truthing Report provides confirmation of the extent and nature of the undermanaged woodland resource in the Marches and provides further information highlighting the potential for the creation of a Marches Woodland Enterprise Zone (MWEZ). There are an estimated 28,000ha of undermanaged woodlands in the Marches, they consist of mostly mature and over-mature broadleaved trees. The volume of standing timber contained in these woods is estimated to be in excess of five million cubic metres and most of it is ideally suited to meet the growing demand for woodfuel – the renewable, locally sourced, low carbon alternative to fossil fuel. An annual target to thin 5% of the undermanaged area amounts to 1400ha per year being brought into active management and this will produce an additional 77,700 cubic meters of timber per year. Barriers exist which prevent this potential being delivered. Most of the barriers are associated with the skills, knowledge and objectives of woodland owners. The other main barriers are access related, and the current capacity of the woodland management and timber harvesting sector to mobilise this additional quantity of timber.

Managing Woodlands for Added Value

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This event will show how the conversion of timber into marketable products can add value to the raw material. Ranging from firewood to high end fencing and milled timber. Hosted by Toby and Aly at Say it With Wood. We will visit a working woodland and the yard where they pro-cess a range of products.
Toby and Aly have been coppicing and selling chestnut fencing products for many years. Their experience spans all aspects of woodland management and can show how adding value can lead to employment and business growth. We will also look at different systems of felling and extraction, and achieving maximum productivity from timber on a challenging site.

When? – Friday 18th July 2014— 10.00am – 15.00pm
Where? – Say It With Wood, Leighton Court Farm, Herefordshire, HR8 2UN

The majority of the event will take place outdoors so please ensure suitable clothing and footwear is worn.

The event costs £10.00 which includes refreshments and lunch and is targeted at woodland owners, managers and contractors 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

Managing Woodlands for Added Value – 18 July

Marches Woodland Enterprise Zone Conference

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Thank you to all who attended the conference on 24 June.  Your contributions will go towards informing the development of the Marches Woodland Enterprise Zone, which will hopefully be of benefit to the whole forestry sector in the region.

The papers from the conference are now available:

Mike Bentley – Ground Truthing the Marches Timber Study

Simon West – Marches Woodland Enterprise Zone

 Graham Taylor – Hardwood and Softwood Timber Markets

Barnaby Wylder – Plant Health Update

Stuart Goodall – Grown in Britain Update