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This is Confor's regular July e-news to keep you informed before our members receive the next Forestry and Timber News in August.

Welcome to new members

A&L Scott, Caithness
Ardverikie Estate Ltd, Inverness-shire
Belvoir Sawmill, Leicester
Coventry Fencing, Perthshire
Fairburn Estate, Ross-shire
KJR Contracts Ltd, Essex
Specialist Lifting Services Ltd, East Yorkshire
Treemetrics Ltd, EIRE
Treetop Forestry Ltd, Aberdeenshire
TreeWork Scotland Limited, Midlothian
Wyevale Nurseries Ltd, Herefordshire
Lorna Clark, Shropshire
Edward Mills FICFor CMIEEM CEnv, Cumbria


Confor rolls back EU bureaucracy

Confor has succeeded in rolling back bureaucracy caused by the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). In future, applicants for felling licences will not have to provide additional detail to demonstrate compliance with EU legislation.

Confor welcomes FSC change of mind on squirrel control

In an unprecedented change of mind, FSC International has listened to widespread opposition and agreed to revisit its recent decision to refuse to extend a derogation on the use of Warfarin for the control of grey squirrels in the UK.

Consultation: FSC Controlled Wood Strategy

Controlled Wood is a very important issue for many UK sawmills and wood processors, and enables wood from non-controversial sources to be combined with wood from FSC certified forests and woodlands. FSC are currently consulting on a ‘Controlled Wood Strategy' - have your say in this online questionnaire - (it takes about 20 minutes). The survey closes on the 25th July. Participate at

Keep up to speed with certification developments with regular updates from Confor here.

APF 2014 - call for volunteers to inspire the next generation

The APF International Forestry Exhibition is looking for volunteers to guide a school party around the Exhibition. Contact

Call for nominations: Lycett Health and Safety Awards

The Lycetts Health and Safety trophy is awarded biennially in recognition of an outstanding or exceptional contribution to health and safety in forestry and timber.  Open to anyone, nominations should be no more than 400 words explaining why the person deserves to be awarded the trophy. In the event of more than one candidate, Confor directors will select the winner. Nominations before end July to The presentation for the winner will be at the APF.

Plant Health update

In this issue, Confor staff update on aerial flight results for P ramorum, the government response to the EFRA Tree health and plant biosecurity report, scientific nomenclature of the ash dieback fungus, and tree health contingency planning. Members can sign up for a more detailed and frequent plant health enews update -

Ancient Woodland postnote published

Confor members contributed with valuable input to the writing of the Parliament's postnote on Ancient Woodlands, which can be downloaded at:


New Environmental Land Management Scheme - local targeting and validation

As we move into the next Rural Development Programme the current England Woodland Grant Scheme and Agri-environment Schemes (HLS and ELS) is ending.  These will be replaced with a new scheme which will see the first agreements signed in January 2016.  One strand of the development of the new scheme is the need to target the delivery focusing on the main scheme objectives of Biodiversity 2020 and Water Framework Directive.  Confor has met with other national organisations and the Forestry Commission to pull together messages to input into this process.  Confor remains concerned that NELMs won't support productive forestry and are meeting with FC and Defra to discuss this as a matter of priority.

Video: Plant health update for Cumbria

If you are in Cumbria and want the most up-to-date plant health summary presented in three minutes, watch this video. It looks at P ramorum, Chalara and licensing for infected materials. Watch it at   


Media coverage: Forestry on ITV

On 07 July, Confor worked with ITV Border Life to report on the local importance for jobs of South Scotland's expanding timber industry.

Confor report highlights threat to future investment

The Missing Millions: Protecting Jobs and Cutting Carbon is an analysis of the impact of the 50-year timber availability forecast and 100-year projection, and their implications for the industry in Scotland.

Scottish Finest Wood Awards

The winners of this year's Scottish Finest Wood Awards were announced at the Royal Highland Show on 20 June.

Environment & Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, welcomed their drive, enthusiasm and innovation. The awards presented were Community Woodland Awards (2 competitions), New Native Woods Award, School Award and three Quality Timber Awards.
Confor members were prominent once again in this year's SFWAs with UPM Tilhill being recognised for their framework contract for FCS in developing a new native woodland at Glen Orchy, Argyll and so winning The James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods.
At the same time Confor member Dietrich Pannwitz of Sylvestrus won The Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence for his management of Virginia Fraser's woodlands at Fanellan and Ruttle, Beauly, Inverness-shire. Congratulations everyone involved and keep up the good work!


Welsh Environment minister ‘sacked' for unacceptable behaviour

Mr Davies pushed civil servants to give him private financial information about senior opposition AMs. First Minister Carwyn Jones said the actions were "poorly judged" and "inappropriate", opposition parties called the behaviour "disgraceful".They accused Mr Davies of launching a "smear campaign" against political opponents. Confor has urged the Welsh government to ensure a strong leadership for the environment and forestry sector as there is an overarching need for stability at this crucial time.  

Inquiry into the public forest estate

The National Assembly for Wales' Environment and Sustainability Committee undertook an inquiry into the Public Forest Estate in Wales on June 5th 2014 at the Senedd. The purpose of the inquiry was to consider how Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has both managed the public forest estate and delivered forestry services to the sector in Wales since its creation in April 2013. Confor submitted a written response and was called to give oral evidence to the enquiry.


Beware of ticks: keep safe in the forest

A reminder that ticks are still a threat to those working in or enjoying forest environments. For information on Lyme disease, how it is transmitted and how to prevent tick bites, visit

World Forest Week 2014

The Committee on Forestry 2014 was held from 23 to 27 June in Rome, in conjunction with the 4th World Forest Week. The gathering reviewed the state of the world's forests, focusing on their socio-economic benefits and related questions, including income and employment; ownership and management rights; wood energy and forest products in housing. In this context, it examined forest policy measures that promote sustainable production and consumption; access to resources, markets and financing; equitable benefit sharing; and valuation of forest products and services. The report "State of the World's Forests 2014" can be downloaded at:


Confor events

FC tree health seminars
Confor supports three FC Tree Health Seminars in July. Each indoor seminar will be led by Forest Research scientists, who will provide the latest findings on a range of current tree pests and diseases, as well as horizon scanning some potential threats. You are still in time for the event in Suffolk:
17 July, Horringer Community Centre

Royal Welsh Show
Confor and WFBP event and Confor Wales AGM
Revolutionary Forests in One Planet Wales
22 July, 12am noon, WFBP/Confor Marquee
Read more and download invitations at  

APF 2014
18-20 September 2014, Ragley
Watch out for the APF preview in the FTN August issue.
Scottish attendees: this date coincides with the Scottish Independence Referendum
on 18 September, please organise your postal vote.
You can find everything on the APF at:  

International events

Interforst 2014
16-20 July, New Munich Trade Fair Centre
Read more:

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