June 29, 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…



Kent community help raise £750,000 for woodland regeneration

Jun 23, 2017

The Woodland Trust’s Hucking Estate is going to be made bigger and better after donations raised three quarters of a million pound in just three months. The success follows the charity’s campaign which called for help when a 116 acre piece of farmland went up for sale in February next to the existing woodland. Wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts quickly responded, and over £100,000 has been raised by the people of Kent alone. The rest has been secured from Woodland Trust members and supporters throughout the UK, and other sources like charitable trusts. It has meant that – rather than…


MultiOne launches new multifunction mini loader

Jun 23, 2017

The Italian multifunction mini loader specialist, MultiOne SRL have been busy working on their newest model which promises to impress and complement the existing range of MultiOne loaders. MultiOne SRL recently unveiled the NEW Series 4 which slots perfectly in-between the already successful Series 2 and Series 5. This superb all-rounder is perfect for maintaining landscaped areas and ideal for farmers looking for a light and economical machine that won’t break the bank. Packed with a high-performance Kubota Diesel Engine and a Double-H telescopic boom the Series 4 is a robust and reliable loader with a rigid forged heavy-duty chassis that ensures superb…


Isuzu Grafters play key role at traditional Scottish working estate

Jun 22, 2017

With the arrival of its third Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne truck, Champfleurie Estates now operates an all-Isuzu distribution fleet delivering bagged firewood and other home produced timber products to customers within a 25 mile radius of the historic 15th century estate in Linlithgow, West Lothian. A third narrow cabbed Isuzu Grafter N35.120 rigid has recently gone into service at the estate and this latest Grafter has been specified with a bespoke drop side body with a larger carrying capacity than its two predecessors. This enables the 17-plate Isuzu to load two standard builders bags of firewood side-by-side within the body,…

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David Lock Associates launch ‘MK50 trees’ website

Jun 21, 2017

As part of Milton Keynes reaching its 50th birthday this year, David Lock Associates has created a special website to help mark the occasion, dedicated to the beautiful trees in the Borough. The ‘New City’ of Milton Keynes boasts over 5,000 acres of parkland, rivers, lakes and woodland including over 22 million trees.  The website ‘MK50 Trees’ maps out the location of 49 trees across the Borough – nominated by staff at DLA who have worked and lived in the area for many years – for either their location, uniqueness and aesthetic qualities or personal memories they may hold. The…

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Nominations open in bid to find the next Tree of the Year

Jun 20, 2017

The Woodland Trust is urging tree lovers to stump up nominations to become the next Tree of the Year, with the conservation charity also calling on Government to act on proposals which could lead to increased protection for some of the country’s most famous and ancient specimens. The Brimmon Oak in Wales narrowly missed out on being crowned the 2017 European Tree of the Year and the Woodland Trust, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is hoping to go one step better next time around. People are asked to nominate a tree ‘with a story’; this could be a…


Pembrokeshire trees to be felled after Kretzschmaria deusta infection found

Jun 19, 2017

An inspection of horse chestnut trees along the Town Walls at Tenby’s South Parade, has revealed all the horse chestnuts must be removed due to fungal infections. Officers from Pembrokeshire County Council, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and an independent arborist inspected the horse chestnuts after one fell due to strong winds at the beginning of June. The fallen tree revealed signs of decay that was identified as the fungal infection Kretzschmaria deusta, prompting the investigation of other adjacent trees. “Given the recent incident in which a tree came down in strong winds, it was decided to undertake a detailed…