Heartwoods Newsletter June/July 2014

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Welcome to our latest newsletter which contains plenty of interesting information about what we’ve been up to, what’s in the pipeline and updates on some wider   issues. We’ve been busy with the final site visits gathering information on the undermanaged woodland resource in the Marches. The resultant Ground Truthing Report was presented at our most recent event and set the scene for discussions on the Marches Woodland Enterprise Zone (MWEZ), and the activities it should pursue. The event saw us join forces with Confor again for a conference at Worcester racecourse on June 24th.  Further information and a link to the final report is on page 2. In the run up to the start of the next RDP in 2015 we have been engaged in various meetings with Defra, FC, local Leader Groups and Local Enterprise Partnerships in order to make sure the forestry sector is represented. We hope this early-stage input at both national and local level will ensure that practical and effective measures will result. We will keep you informed as things emerge and we plan to provide a more detailed update of the four RDP schemes (NELMS, FFPS, Leader and Growth Fund) in the next Heartwoods Newsletter. Grown in Britain (GiB) is set to announce its eagerly anticipated licencing scheme which will allow UK woodland owners and timber businesses access to an affordable means of promoting the superb credentials of home grown timber. The scheme, which will be free to owners of small woodlands, sees retailers, trade suppliers,     processors, and woodland owners come together under a single logo which is proof of the timber’s origin and sustainability. It is a major step towards harnessing the strong desire to support well managed local woods.  More details in the next       newsletter but in the meantime keep an eye on www.growninbritain.org for news of how to be one of the first to apply for a licence. A quick reminder – we have a funded programme of advisory visits available.      Woodland related guidance relevant to tree health, wood-fuel, timber production, grants and licences is available through an initial visit from a Heartwoods officer. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a free visit. Finally, I look forward to seeing you at our next event on 18th July, a practical day out in the woods with Toby Allen and Aly May of Say It With Wood – see page 3. Mike Bentley—Heartwoods Project Manager Read more….Heartwoods Newsletter June July 2014

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