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Diary Dates 2014

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April 2014 - London and Berkshire people reminded about caterpillar pest - FC news item


The Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant is administered by Ngage Solutions on behalf of the Forestry Commission in three particular regions of the UK: Cumbria, the South West region and the South East. There are funds available for building roads and other infrastructure, as well as for getting professional help to bring neglected woods back into management. If you are thinking this grant could help you, then a new series of videos developed by Woodfuel WIG Project Manager, Mike Furness could get you started.

The '10 easy steps to apply for a Woodfuel WIG' can be viewed on the Ngage YouTube Channel. The videos explain everything you need to know about Woodfuel WIG, with helpful information on the eligibility criteria, filling out an application form, getting planning permission, and claiming the grant.


Woodland Skills Workshops - A new set of practical woodland management workshops is now available from the Oxfordshire Woodland Project. The workshops enable attendees to get more out of their woodland with titles such as splitting timber for fencing & crafts, things to do with your woodland and preparing management plans. The workshops are available to all and a list can be viewed at http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/woodland-workshops. The workshops are normally based in Oxfordshire but can be located anywhere, by special arrangement.


Forestry Commission 

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London
South East England

Regional Forestry Framework


Woodfuel

Whether you are a small business owner interested in finding out more about installing a woodfuel boiler, or a woodland owner interested in the opportunities that woodfuel represents, you can find a wealth of information on the Biomass Energy Centre website and use the Information Enquiry Service. http://www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk/ for further information in your region visit www.forestry.gov.uk/england-woodfuel

Woodheat Solutions project (WhS) - this is an Intelligent Energy Europe funded project which seeks to learn from the experience in establishing robust woodfuel based industries gained in Finland and Austria.  Click for details of two study tours to Finland and application form.

Ignite Training - An award winning programme of renewable energy training is coming to South East England. November will see the region host the first in a number of modules in the Ignite training programme on the subject of woodfuel heating systems - what many are billing as ‘the fuel of the future'.  Ignite South East will be delivered in the region on behalf of East Sussex based South East Woodfuels, a leading supplier of high quality wood chip fuel to commercial and institutional wood heating systems in the South East and London. Ignite South East is one of a number of training courses for farmers and foresters being provided through the Landskills South East programme, part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The programme is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and DEFRA via SEEDA. For more details or to book a place contact ignite@ruraldevelopment.org.uk


Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is jointly funded by the EU, through the European Fund for Rural Development and the Government.  It has a budget of £3.9bn and will run till 2013.  Of the total budget, £3.3bn has been allocated to agri-environment and other land management schemes including Environmental Stewardship and the English Woodland Grant Scheme.  Some £600m has been made available to make agriculture and forestry more competitive and sustainable and to enhance opportunity in rural areas... read more

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