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Online AGM and Skills Share success

Small Woods Online AGM and Skills Share 2020.

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Online AGM and Skills Share success

Small Woods Online AGM and Skills Share 2020.

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Lost Woods project launch

Small Woods is one of four main partner organisations to launch Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs, an exciting project that aims to bring back to life forgotten areas of woodland in Sussex.

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New faces to advise forestry agencies in the future

Six new non-executive advisers have been appointed to strengthen the work of the new agencies, Scottish Forestry and Forestry and Land Scotland, which were established on 1st April this year.

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Secretary of State visits the National Forest

Environment Secretary Michael Gove visited the National Forest last week to learn more about how trees have transformed this 200 square miles of the Midlands.

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Forestry Skills Plan for England and Wales

Smallwoods, along with nearly thirty forestry employers, associations and educational providers are proud to have pledged to work together to attract the very best of young and new talent into the sector.

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Tackling Deer Population Issues

Deer are a beautiful component of the British countryside, our largest land mammal and valuable component of natural capital. They are elusive, often shy but able to voraciously devour the very habitats we hold so dear.

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SWA Response to the Domestic Burning Consultation

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this important consultation, which is of great significance to Small Woods members, most if not all of whom source and use wood fuel for their own use and many also supply it to others.

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Movement restrictions introduced to protect against tree pest in Kent

New measures have just been introduced yesterday (16 January) to protect the country against the tree pest known as the larger eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus), which was discovered in Kent in December 2018.

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Members Event

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Small woods magazine takes on new editor

Small Woods are pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Niemann, the new editor of our quarterley publication ‘Smallwoods’.

Derek Niemann began his career with five years working for wildlife trusts and had a year-long stint as a volunteer tree nursery manager. After working for the RSPB for 25 years, sixteen of them as a magazines editor, Derek is now a freelance writer and editor. He has written three non-fiction books; his latest A Tale of Trees: the battle to save Britain’s ancient woodland, will be published by Short Books in October.

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Update
spring

Spring is sprung! Walking in the woods this morning, the spring flowers are pushing through the undergrowth, the birdsong in the trees is reaching fever pitch and the mammals large and small are on the move; attracting the attention of the kestrels and buzzards overhead. This is such a magical time of year and never fails to inspire and fill the mind with thoughts and plans for the year ahead.

We are getting this year off to a great start with two events this month that should prove to be very interesting. On 16-17 March we are hosting two Forestry Commission sponsored “Woodland into Management” events at the Green Wood Centre. The event will showcase some of the many ways that small woodland managers and owners can use some of the smaller-scale equipment available to them to improve woodland management in a sensitive, sustainable and cost effective way.

We are very much looking forward to the event as it provides us with an opportunity to look at the lessons coming from the SIMWOOD project, where we are again collaborating with the Forestry Commission, along with another 27 woodland management organisations from across Europe. Our principle in both initiatives is that the “wood that is valued is the wood that stays” and we know that Small Woods members value the woods where they work for a wide range of reasons. The addition of new techniques and ideas that promote management will make the 25-30,000 hectares of British woods for which Small Woods members are responsible across the UK more likely to be managed well. To say there is clearly demand from members for these events is an understatement – the first day sold out in 3 hours and the second in an evening. We are looking forward to two vibrant days exchanging experience and ideas.