New Small Woods CEO announced

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon James as our next Chief Executive.

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Edge Wood Volunteer Days - Autumn 2023

21 Medi 2023


CEO Ian Baker to step down

23 Awst 2023

Ian Baker has taken the decision to step down as Chief Executive of SWA at the end of the 2023, after eight yrs in the role.


Call for expressions of interest in the role of Small Woods Trustee

28 Gorff 2023


SWA Woodfuel Conference 2023 - analysis and conclusions

20 Gorff 2023


Wood fuel: where we stand

7 Gorff 2023


Insect Week 2023

19 Meh 2023


Join us at our Woodfuel Policy Conference (members only)

7 Meh 2023


Launch of the Esmond Harris Award 2023

6 Ebrill 2023

Small Woods is proud to announce the launch of the Esmond Harris Award 2023.

Now in its second year, the annual competition aims to celebrate the innovation that is making a difference in small woodlands across the UK.


Wood-fired stoves in the news

16 Chwef 2023

You may have heard news reports indicating that the use of wood-burning stoves has a severely negative impact on the environment, specifically air quality. In particular, discussions have been focused on emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) contained within wood smoke, which is contributing to pollutants known to damage human health. Here, we look at those claims and the evidence behind them, to help members form their own balanced opinions.


Joint letter to Secretary of State for Defra

16 Chwef 2023

Small Woods and the Royal Forestry Society have come together to write a letter to Rt Hon. Thérèse Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Defra, to raise concerns regarding the implementation of the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme.



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.