June 28, 2017

  • woodlands

    Woodlands honoured in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

    Wonderful woodlands and fabulous forests from all across Scotland have been recognised in an annual awards ceremony. The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, which are supported by Confor, honour the outstanding contributions made by woodland to people, the environment and the economy. The winners come from the length and breadth of Scotland, from the Borders Forest Trust Wildwood Group in the south to the Airor Common Grazings Committee in Knoydart in the north west. Scotland’s Finest Woods, the independent charity which operates the awards programme, said the quality of 2017 winners was “exceptional”. The awards were presented at the Royal…

  • planting

    Large scale tree planting is a challenge across the globe

    Planting large-scale forests creates the same challenges across the globe – whether they are planted in Ghana or Galloway, Confor’s Chief Executive told an international gathering at Edinburgh Castle. Stuart Goodall told a New Generation Plantations 2017 reception that communication of the modern forestry story, and dialogue between different countries, was crucial. “We are seeking to engage constructively with NGOs but need to get their attention for long enough to explain, engage and communicate what modern forestry looks like,” he said. Mr Goodall facilitated a discussion between three foresters involved in modern-day plantations, from Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay – in…

  • agroforestry

    Agroforestry conference explores benefits trees can bring to farmland

    250 farmers, foresters, landowners and researchers have come together to learn more about some of the UK’s leading agroforestry systems, at a dedicated conference exploring the benefits and practicalities of bringing more trees onto farmland, and taking farming into forests. Agroforestry 2017, an event hosted by the Soil Association, the Woodland Trust and the Royal Forestry Society, was inspired by evidence that agroforestry can boost productivity and sustainability at once. By mixing farming and forestry, a well-managed agroforestry system can produce 40% more than if they are separate. Speaking on the practical benefits of agroforestry, Sophie Churchill OBE, Royal Forestry…

  • westminster

    Westminster celebrates a New Generation of forests

    Foresters from around the globe were welcomed to Westminster this week for a reception to celebrate 10 years of WWF’s New Generation Plantations initiative. The event was part of the tenth annual encounter of WWF’s New Generation Plantations platform (NGP). Confor is proud to support and be involved in the organisation of this week-long series of meetings and field visits in London and Edinburgh. The NGP participants were welcomed to the Palace of Westminster by Chris Davies MP Chairman of Confor’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, “It is great to see UK organisations like Confor working with international NGOs like…

  • RFS Royal Forestry Society

    Study to establish what skills are needed for the future of forestry

    The RFS on behalf of the Forestry Skills Forum has appointed RDI Associates Ltd to undertake a sector skills study that will help to identify the skills gaps and shortages, training provision and future needs of the forestry industry in England and Wales. The study will take place over the coming months and will focus on the forest establishment, management and harvesting sub-sectors to provide an evidence base that will allow a skills action plan to be developed. Funding and in-kind support for the study has been provided by the RFS, Forestry Commission England, Woodland Heritage, the Scottish Forestry Trust…

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woodlands

Woodlands honoured in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

Jun 28, 2017

Wonderful woodlands and fabulous forests from all across Scotland have been recognised in an annual awards ceremony. The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, which are supported by Confor, honour the outstanding contributions made by woodland to people, the environment and the economy. The winners come from the length and breadth of Scotland, from the Borders Forest Trust Wildwood Group in the south to the Airor Common Grazings Committee in Knoydart in the north west. Scotland’s Finest Woods, the independent charity which operates the awards programme, said the quality of 2017 winners was “exceptional”. The awards were presented at the Royal…

planting

Large scale tree planting is a challenge across the globe

Jun 26, 2017

Planting large-scale forests creates the same challenges across the globe – whether they are planted in Ghana or Galloway, Confor’s Chief Executive told an international gathering at Edinburgh Castle. Stuart Goodall told a New Generation Plantations 2017 reception that communication of the modern forestry story, and dialogue between different countries, was crucial. “We are seeking to engage constructively with NGOs but need to get their attention for long enough to explain, engage and communicate what modern forestry looks like,” he said. Mr Goodall facilitated a discussion between three foresters involved in modern-day plantations, from Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay – in…

agroforestry

Agroforestry conference explores benefits trees can bring to farmland

Jun 26, 2017

250 farmers, foresters, landowners and researchers have come together to learn more about some of the UK’s leading agroforestry systems, at a dedicated conference exploring the benefits and practicalities of bringing more trees onto farmland, and taking farming into forests. Agroforestry 2017, an event hosted by the Soil Association, the Woodland Trust and the Royal Forestry Society, was inspired by evidence that agroforestry can boost productivity and sustainability at once. By mixing farming and forestry, a well-managed agroforestry system can produce 40% more than if they are separate. Speaking on the practical benefits of agroforestry, Sophie Churchill OBE, Royal Forestry…

westminster

Westminster celebrates a New Generation of forests

Jun 24, 2017

Foresters from around the globe were welcomed to Westminster this week for a reception to celebrate 10 years of WWF’s New Generation Plantations initiative. The event was part of the tenth annual encounter of WWF’s New Generation Plantations platform (NGP). Confor is proud to support and be involved in the organisation of this week-long series of meetings and field visits in London and Edinburgh. The NGP participants were welcomed to the Palace of Westminster by Chris Davies MP Chairman of Confor’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, “It is great to see UK organisations like Confor working with international NGOs like…

RFS Royal Forestry Society

Study to establish what skills are needed for the future of forestry

Jun 23, 2017

The RFS on behalf of the Forestry Skills Forum has appointed RDI Associates Ltd to undertake a sector skills study that will help to identify the skills gaps and shortages, training provision and future needs of the forestry industry in England and Wales. The study will take place over the coming months and will focus on the forest establishment, management and harvesting sub-sectors to provide an evidence base that will allow a skills action plan to be developed. Funding and in-kind support for the study has been provided by the RFS, Forestry Commission England, Woodland Heritage, the Scottish Forestry Trust…

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The importance of ethical tree care and the environment

Jun 23, 2017

By Paul George, Landmark Trading Trees are a vital part of the global ecosystem, providing us with many of the things we need to live. As arborists, acting ethically when we undertake any job is of the utmost importance. Although tree preservation and practicing as an arborist are two things that may seem dichotomous to the other through the outside lens, it is arborists that must be the most conscious of how our actions may potentially affect the fragile global ecosystem. Whilst environmental ethics as a philosophical discipline is vast, complex and ultimately, entirely theoretical, there are a few important…