North England

Regional Contact: Caroline Harrison
Ham Farm, Itton, Spreyton, Crediton, Devon EX17 5BD
T 01837 82222; M 07500 927482 E  

Regional Chairman: CHARLES BEAUMONT

Diary Dates 2016

Click here and scroll down for North England events and meetings.

For ICF events click here.

For RFS events click here

February 2016 - Woodland for Water - A new grant scheme has been launched by the Forestry Commission and Environment Agency. Woodland for Water offers landowners in target areas across Yorkshire and the North East grant funding to plant additional new woodland. Read more

February 2014 - The refreshed Mersey Forest Plan has now been launched and is available at

Several speakers at Confor's north England 2013 spring meeting, on diversification of species and timber markets, produced notes in advance, to inform discussion.  One presentation, by FC's John Weir is also here. Gavin Munro was going to speak but had to cancel.

Read the North England Regional AGM minute of 1st April 2014.

Read the North England Committee meeting minute of 17th October 2013.

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.






Newcastle University is managing a new placement scheme for postgraduate students in science, technology, engineering and agriculture.

Due to their ERDF funding they are able to subsidise placements for masters and doctoral students who are studying for various programmes such as MSC/PhD in environmental consultancy, renewable energy, conservation, advanced food marketing and various types of engineering.  These must be within North East SMEs where they will undertake bespoke in depth projects lasting up to 24 weeks.

The cost to the SME is only £125 a week!

The SME can also claim up to £500 against project set up costs.

The student is supervised by a Newcastle University academic who specialises in the project subject adding another layer of support for the company.

Projects could include - renewable energy feasibility studies, energy audits, design of new projects and processes which are more energy efficient etc

For more information contact the team - Melanie Dunnett,, Tel 0191 222 5259.

Forestry Commission 

For your regional Forestry Commission pages follow these links:
North East England
North West England
Yorkshire and Humber

North West & West Midlands Area Newsletter - August 2013

Yorkshire and North East Area Newsletter - August 2013


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. for further information in your region visit

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

For more information on RDPE follow the links for the North East and North West.  Read the RDPE Guide for Foresters and Woodland Owners produced by OneNorth East. Read the Northwest Regional Forestry Framework March 2012 update.

The following woodland initiatives offer business support and advice:

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