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01 August 2019

New chief executive for Forestry England

Forestry England, the country’s largest land manager and the arm of the Forestry Commission that manages the nation’s forests, has a new chief executive. Mike Seddon has almost 30 years of experience in forestry and forestry policy and begins his new role today, 1 August 2019. Mike said: “Forestry England manages one...


25 July 2019

Help solve the problem of Scotland's wasted tree seeds

Meeting the challenges of growing more young trees from seed will significantly strengthen Scotland’s contribution to tackling the climate emergency. That’s the premise behind a new Scottish Government ‘Innovation Challenge’ offering research and development funding for ideas to improve the yield from Scotland’s existing seed stock. Forestry and Land Scotland has set...


18 July 2019

Global Resource Initiative taskforce: greening the UK’s environmental footprint

A taskforce of leaders from business and environmental organisations meets for the first time to consider actions the UK can take to green its international supply chains and leave a lighter footprint on the global environment. Representatives from leading businesses and environmental groups come together on 18th July to consider how...


08 July 2019

The BEAM Pavilion at Glastonbury

BSW Timber were very proud to be part of this year’s Glastonbury festival through their sponsorship of the BEAM installation in the Greenpeace Field. This year the Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury festival presented a 30m diameter woodland dome pavilion made from over 7000 locally sourced and unprocessed Sitka Spruce posts. BEAM...


01 July 2019

Horticulture industry urged to check for Oak Processionary Moth

Landscapers, nurseries, landowners and woodland managers are being urged to take action after the Plant Health Service intercepted a number of cases of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars (OPM) on trees imported from the Netherlands.   Anyone who has planted larger oaks (defined below) imported from the continent should urgently check...


14 June 2019

Tilhill Forestry sponsors Confor’s #TheFutureisForestry Essay & Video Prize Competition

Forestry students and young professionals have been urged to shape the future of the profession - and the planet - by entering Confor’s essay and video prize 2019 sponsored by Tilhill Forestry, BSW Timber and Forestry Commission. The launch of #TheFutureIsForestry competition at Westminster was attended by students from the National...


13 June 2019

Tree planting targets “smashed” say Ewing

New figures published today reveal that Scotland’s national tree planting targets have been surpassed, making a critical contribution to the global climate emergency. 11,200 hectares of new planting has been undertaken in Scotland last year, comfortably beating the current 10,000 ha annual target. Last year, 7,100 ha of new trees were...


28 May 2019

Views wanted on forestry agency corporate plan

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is seeking views on looking after Scotland’s national forests and land, for the benefit of all, now and for the future. A public consultation has started on a Draft Corporate Plan for the new Scottish Government agency, which was established on 1st April this year. The plan...


23 May 2019

Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

Some of Scotland’s largest nature conservation organisations are coming together in a bid to save the country’s dwindling rainforests - found on the west coast from Wester Ross down to Argyll. Members of the Atlantic Woodland Alliance gathered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Monday for the launch of a State...


23 May 2019

Urban Tree Challenge Fund Now Open

Funding is now available to support the planting of 130,000 trees in England’s towns and cities. Today the Forestry Commission launches the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, with grants available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the government’s target to plant one million urban trees by...


21 May 2019

£10 Million Plan to Plant 130,000 Trees Across England's Towns & Cities

A new £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today. Through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, grants will be made available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the government’s target to plant...


25 April 2019

Confor's #TheFutureIsForestry prize will be launched in June

Confor's expanded #TheFutureIsForestry prize will be launched in June - with an added competition for film-makers. The prize invites students and young professionals to create a short film or write an essay on the future of the industry - with £500 for the best essay and the best video. The subject for...


24 April 2019

The UK Loggers Competition

Tilhill Forestry are proud to have supported the UK Loggers (UKL) competition and training day hosted by Coleg Cambria Llysfasi. 11 students took part in the competition and were involved in challenges including tree felling, combined cuts, fitting a new chain, precision cuts and more. The event was well attended by current...


23 April 2019

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. The advisers have been chosen for their specific experience and expertise in a range of corporate skills to add to the...


12 April 2019

Greening up Scottish coalfield sites will revitalise communities

A long-term project to breathe new life into former coal mining sites in the central belt of Scotland will see up to five million trees being planted, opening up new green places and revitalising communities. The transformation of the sites will be led by new Scottish Government agency Forestry and Land...


10 April 2019

‘Think Global, Plant Local’ to tackle climate change

The UK Government has been urged to ‘Think Global, Plant Local’ to start tackling the damaging effects of climate change. Independent advisers have told the Government that planting trees and building with wood is a “simple, low-cost option” to remove large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere - a message also...


01 April 2019

Wood properties and uses of Scots Pine in Britain

A new research report highlighting the qualities of timber from Scots pine and promoting its greater use has been published by Forest Research (FR) and the Forestry Commission. Authored by FR’s Dr Paul McLean, who specialises in functional biomechanics of trees, biometrics and the growth of trees for forest products, the...


01 April 2019

Cereals 2019 Themes Announced

Cereals 2019, hosted by Comexposium & Prysm Group on 12-13 June 2019, will include content around several major themes that are of concern to the UK arable farming industry including Preparing for Change:  What can we do to safeguard UK farming?; Managing Innovation & Technology:  Insights from the cutting edge...


29 March 2019

New guidance for foresters on protecting water quality

Protecting the water environment during forest operations is the focus of a new Forestry Commission Practice Guide. Providing advice to forest managers, planners, practitioners and supervisors on how forest operations should be planned and managed to protect the water environment, the guide will help ensure that they comply with the UK...


28 March 2019

New edition of good practice guide to prevent diffuse pollution in forests

A 2nd edition of a hugely popular on-the-ground guide for forest workers has been released, to help protect Scotland’s rivers and streams from pollution. The pocket sized booklet called ‘Know the Rules’ conveys straightforward messages for all those who work in forests to protect water quality. It is accompanied by a...