Woodland Grant and Plant Health Update

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Grants for forestry in England (including the English Woodland Grant Scheme) are undergoing major restructuring, the details of which are yet to be announced. The aim of this event is to ensure that the forestry sector in the West Midlands is aware of recent developments and ready to make the most of new opportunities.

Topics include:
New Environmental Land Management Scheme—NELMS (Natural England)
Forestry and Farming Productivity Scheme—FFPS (Forestry Commission)
LEADER (Local Action Group)
Plant Health (Forestry Commission Plant Health)

For more information or to book your place please contact the Heartwoods office on
01952 435860 or alternatively email info@heartwoods.co.uk

YFC Centre, Shires Farm, Worcester WR3 7SG
Friday 24th October 2014
10.00am—3.00pm

The event costs £10.00 which includes refreshments and lunch and is targeted at woodland owners, contractors and managers within the West Midlands.

Woodland Grant Update

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 harrietwood@smallwoods.org.uk

Managing Woodlands for Added Value – 18 July

Developing the Marches Woodland Enterprise Zone

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June 24, 2014
9:30 amto4:00 pm

Your chance to contribute to the development of this exciting new programme for the forestry sector in the Marches region.

Worcester Racecourse, Worcester, WR1 3EJ

For more information or to book a place email info@heartwoods.co.uk or call 01952 435860

Conference Programme

 

Pheasants and Firewood

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April 14, 2014

How can managing woodland improve your shoot?

Managed woodland has a diverse understory, which creates better cover and holds more birds in the area.

Unmanaged woodlands have a sparse ground cover and soon become cold and draughty.

This event aims to provide information on how to manage your woodland without disrupting the shoot.

Alan Stephens at Countryside Training Ltd has been involved with shooting and woodland management for

many years. He has first-hand knowledge of managing woodland for the shoot and can demonstrate how he

manages the woodland for both firewood production and shooting.

 

Meeting arrangements for the event is as follows:-

Countryside Training Ltd

Blackheath Lane, Stafford ST18 0YB

Monday 14th April 2014

This event will take place outdoors so please

ensure suitable clothing and footwear is worn.

The event costs £10.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.

Reservations will be given on a first come first served basis.

This event is for woodland owners and managers in the West Midlands region.

 

For more information or to book your place please contact the Heartwoods office on

01952 435860 or alternatively email info@heartwoods.co.uk

 

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   harrietwood@smallwoods.org.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing Woodlands for Multiple Objectives

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12:00 am
January 24, 2014
9:30 amto1:30 pm

Are you a woodland owner seeking advice on any of the following topics:

Woodland Creation —native woodland for multiple objectives including, water protection and reducing flood risks, conservation and climate/disease resilience.

Plant Health —Rhododendron clearance for P. ramorum in stands of mature woodland covering methods, costs and biosecurity

Young Woodland —Maintenance, economics, first thinnings, small scale extraction equipment suitability

Staff from Heartwoods, the Forestry Commission and Environment Agency will be on hand throughout the day as well as contractors and woodland agents

When? – Friday 24th January 2014— 10.00am – 1.30pm followed by a light lunch

Where? – Wood Farm, Great Gate, Near Tean, Staffordshire ST10 4HF

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 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 harrietwood@smallwoods.org.uk

Wood Chain Dating Event

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December 13, 2013
8:00 amto11:00 am

Are you a woodland owner, manager, timber buyer or contractor?

Would you like to develop and build closer links with other players in the wood supply chain?

Meet us for breakfast at Bodenham Arboretum.

This new style event will get the recently announced Heartwoods extension funding programme off to a flying start.

The aim of the event is to provide networking opportunities to build stronger connections between woodland owners, managers, buyers. 

Date: 13th December 2013—8am—10am followed by networking opportunities.

Location: Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley, Kidderminster, DY11 5TB

Cost: £5 (to include breakfast baps, coffee and cake)

To book your place, contact Harriet Wood at Heartwoods on 01952 435860 or email harrietwood@smallwoods.org.uk

 

Deer Management: A Best Practice Event

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September 3, 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm

 This event is aimed at woodland managers and owners along with people with managing wild deer populations within woodlands. The event is to be held at Birches Valley visitor centre on Cannock Chase

The day will focus on the best practice approaches to wild deer management on a landscape scale and will benefit people directly involved in woodland and deer management. Wild deer populations are increasing across the region and are having an adverse impact on both established woodlands and woodland creation. This event aims to improve knowledge around this subject and included in the cost of the event is a free copy of the best practice guidelines (£25 to buy normally) as well as a lunch and refreshments.

 Topics covered during the day will include deer impact assessments in woodlands, planning and establishing landscape scale deer management as well as other topics relevant to management of woodland deer populations.

 Meeting arrangements for the event is as follows:-

Tuesday 3rd September 2013 9am—5pm

Venue: Birches Valley Visitor Centre, Cannock Chase

This event has outdoor elements so please ensure suitable clothing and footwear is worn.

The event costs £25 for eligible people in the West Midlands and £35 for people outside the West Midlands region. Reservations will be given on a first come first served basis. Lunch, refreshments and a copy of the best practice guidelines are included in the cost of the event

 For more information or to book your place please contact the Heartwoods office on 01952 435860 or alternatively email info@heartwoods.co.uk

 

 

Managing Woodlands for Biodiversity and Added Value

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August 6, 2013 9:00 amtoAugust 7, 2013 3:00 pm

Maximising the benefits of your woodland by managing biodiversity and adding value to timber products.

This is an action packed day of demonstrations and talks, hosted by David Llewellyn of Woodland Ways and Nathan Home of Home Forestry.

Alstor 8×8 mini forwarder demonstration— machine capabilities, presenting timber for extraction

Woodmizer mobile saw mill—adding value to timber

Firewood processor—increasing profitability with automation

Traditional crafts and cleaving demonstrations

Pigs as an alternative method for ground clearance

Woodland Biodiversity—getting the balance right.

 

Meeting arrangements for the event is as follows:-

Tuesday 6th August 2013 2012 9.00am—3pm

Venue: Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre, Park End, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2TY

This event will take place outdoors on so please ensure suitable clothing and footwear is worn.

The event costs £10.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.

Reservations will be given on a first come first served basis.

 

For more information or to book your place please contact the Heartwoods office on

01952 435860 or alternatively email info@heartwoods.co.uk

www.heartwoods.co.uk

 

Putting Commerciality at the Heart of Your Woodlands

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April 16, 2013
9:30 amto4:00 pm

Presentations from this popular conference are available for you to download below:

Commerciality Conference Programme 16th April

Andrew Bronwin – Current Timber Market Trends & Prices

John Clegg – Current freehold property values and opportunities for capital enhancement

 Graham Taylor – What to grow for the future & why – a Forestry Managers perspective

Oliver Combe – What to grow for the future & why – a Softwood sawmillers perspective

Edmund Dorman – Running a small commercial woodland

Martin Glynn – The Marches Timber Study

Mark Broadmeadow – Future species – are we running out of options? 

 

 This one day conference will focus on the following aspects:

Current Timber Market Trends and Prices (A Bronwin & Co)

Current freehold property values and opportunities for capital enhancement (J Clegg & Co)

What to grow for the future and why—a forestry manager’s perspective (Pryor and Rickett)

What to grow for the future and why—a softwood sawmiller’s perspective (Ransfords)

What to grow for the future and why—a hardwood sawmiller’s perpective (ATS )

Running a small commercial woodland (Edmund Dorman)

Future species—are we running out of options? (Forestry Commission)

 

Ludlow Racecourse, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2BT

Tuesday 16th April 2013

9.30am—4.00 pm

Conference costs £10.00 including lunch and refreshments

For more information or to book your place please contact the Heartwoods office on

01952 435860 or alternatively email info@heartwoods.co.uk

 

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