Small Woods News

SWA commits to action, in pledge

16 Rhag 2021

Small Woods has signed up to the Climate Change and Forestry Accord 2021. This 2021 Accord reaffirms and updates the principles of an accord first agreed in 2015


We've joined The Tree Council!

29 Tach 2021


Small Woods Association seeks consultant to complete brand refresh

5 Tach 2021

We are inviting submission of tenders for consultation services regarding completion of a brand refresh.


Exhibition of Rackham's work

11 Hyd 2021

Oliver Rackham is the focus of an exhibition at the Green Wood Centre


The Small Woods ELM Test & Trial needs your help! Survey launched.

20 Gorff 2021


Join this year's Big Butterfly Count

16 Gorff 2021

Helping the Butterfly Conservation charity to assess the health of our environment simply by counting the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) we see.


The England Trees Action Plan

18 Mai 2021

The England Trees Action Plan has been launched providing a coordinated approach to a raft of new measures which aim to boost tree planting and establishment.


Tree Health Policy Survey

15 Chwef 2021

Help Shape Tree Health Policy. Sylva Foundation have launched the Tree health Policy Survey. If you manage trees in England, whether in an urban or rural setting and at any scale, from large woodlands through to individual trees, we want to hear your views on a range of potential tree health policies and interventions. This is a chance for you to help shape future support from government. The survey, hosted by Sylva Foundation, goes live on 15th February 2021 and will remain open for two weeks until 1st March 2021.


Forest Research Publications Survey

25 Ion 2021

Forest Research is carrying out a survey to collect stakeholder and user views on the range, content and fitness for purpose of the different types of technical publications published by the agency. Survey closes 5 March 2021.


Endangered Crafts Survey 2021

25 Ion 2021

Can you spare just 10 minutes of your time to help provide current data for the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts 2021? From swill baskets to hurdles, many coppice and green wood crafts are classified as endangered on the Red List and our skills remain at threat. The Green Wood and Coppice Crafts Survey is being run in partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA), Small Woods and the National Coppice Federation.



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.