News & Events

eNews Current

This is Confor's September 2015 e-News, to keep you informed before our members receive Forestry and Timber News in October.   See you at the Confor Woodland Show next week! 

Welcome to new members 

Arden Forestry Management, Dublin
Biomass Cymru, Powys
Strathmore Estates Ltd, Dundee
Sustain Forestry, Cumbria
Annabel Martin, Inverness-shire
Arthur Bletchly, Cardiff
Craig Evans, Llanelli
David Ebsworth, Carmarthenshire
Tom Roberts, Shropshire
William Livesey, North Yorkshire 

STOP PRESS - BSW Timber acquires Tilhill Forestry Limited 

BSW Timber Limited has of 1st September 2015, acquired Tilhill Forestry Limited from UPM.  Read more

Westminster conference - Modern Forestry: unleashing the rural potential

Bookings are open for a major conference in Westminster on 10 November 2015.  The conference, kindly sponsored by Scottish Woodlands, will feature new forestry minister, Rory Stewart, a political panel and a top range of speakers. Read more  

Confor Woodland Show

This year the Confor Woodland Show (10/11 September) will have an exciting new area for contractors, woodland workers and those involved on the ‘wood face' in the industry. Situated at stand D5 near the Confor tent. Read more

FC England will run field demonstrations of small-scale forestry equipment off-site. Booking is essential. Read more

Last but not least, in the Confor tent there will be a chance to win one of the prizes kindly donated by Silky Fox ( Come in on any of the two days and leave your business card for the raffle.  

Confor brings forestry to the BBC

Confor was invited to work with the BBC to prepare a feature on commercial forestry in Wales.  Over several days, the BBC film crew took footage from the Welsh forests and at Pontrilas Sawmill. Confor's aim was to show the scale of forestry in Wales, how each of the links in the timber supply chain is reliant on the timber resource being replaced and expanded, and to highlight our concerns over the reduction in the area of commercial forestry in Wales with the forecasted decline in timber production. The feature was broadcast on BBC Wales news on 16 August - watch part of it here   

New supply and demand study for GB

British wood fibre users are being called upon to contribute to a comprehensive new survey on wood fibre availability and demand. Confor, UKFPA and WPIF, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, have commissioned John Clegg Consulting Ltd to undertake a study of wood fibre availability and demand in Britain over the period 2015 to 2035. Read more 

Confor part of UK Climate Change Accord

In response to the threats to forestry and woodlands set out in the UK's Climate Change Risk Assessment, a group of leading forestry sector organisations, Confor among them, have initiated a call to action for the sector to provide a secure future for our forests, woods and trees. Read more 

Plant health: P ramorum found in Yorkshire

This is the first confirmation of a P ramorum infection on larch in Yorkshire. The symptomatic trees were identified during regular aerial surveillance by the Forestry Commission Tree Health Team, and subsequent site investigations and lab tests have confirmed the presence of Pr.  Read more  

Demand to list squirrels in GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy

The UK Squirrel Accord is pushing Natural England to include grey squirrels in the invasive species theme plans for Natura 200 sites (SSSIs in the UK).  Read the strategy 

Consultations and surveys

There are a number of open calls for feedback at the moment. Have your say about the UKWAS 4 draft, the British Woodland Survey 2015, new apprenticeship schemes for employers and the government's efforts to reduce red tape in the energy sector. Some of the consultations will be closed shortly! Read more 


Small-scale project funding 2015-16

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate have issued a call for funding for small-scale projects open to community groups and Third sector organisations. You are invited to bid for small-scale project funding for projects between £1000and £15,000. Guidance notes and application form can be obtained here. Application form should be sent in by hard copy or e-mail by 11 September 2015.

Contact: ESDGrantsManagementTeam@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK (Phone:  02920 801029).  

Sylva trophy for David Jenkins and Coed Cymru

The 2015 Sylva Trophy for "outstanding contribution to forestry in its broadest sense"  has been awarded by the RFS to - the now deceased - David Jenkins MBE and Coed Cymru. The award was received by Nic Wheeler OBE, Coed Cymru Cyf Chairman, on David's behalf at the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards at Leighton, Powys. Presenting the award, RFS Vice President Sophie Churchill OBE praised Coed Cymru for their "pioneering" approach to forestry across Wales.

Nic said: "Wherever you go in Wales you will meet woodland owners who will tell you that David's approach has made a difference to how they go about managing their woodlands. However, typical of the man, he has specifically asked me to make sure that everyone knows that this trophy is as much for the whole team and the work they do, as it is for himself. 


Countryside Stewardship deadline extended

The final Higher Tier deadline for Countryside Stewardship (CS) has been extended until 31 October 2015.

No new woodland applications will be accepted as a result of this extension. The Woodland Officers will continue to work with applicants to improve their initial woodland application before the final deadline. It is expected that there will be earlier intermediate deadlines well before 31 October 2015 that officers and applicants will need to work to; the exact dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The CS Manual has also now been updated with a number of enhancements that builds on applicants' feedback, as well as comments from Natural England's stakeholders. Read the Countryside Stewardship Manual


EU audit process guidance released  

To help everyone learn more about the process, the Scottish Government has produced new guidance on their Rural Payments and Services website.

It details the purpose and objectives of an EU audit, an overview of the EU audit process, different types of EU audits and the implications of disallowance for the farming / forestry industry. To find out more, click here


Confor Nursery Producers' Group - National Nursery Open Day

NPG members warmly invite you to the first National Nursery Open Day on Tuesday 08 September 2015. Read more

Roots to Prosperity event

Roost to Prosperity will be holding an event on the morning of Friday 09 October 2015 to update the industry on progress with the initiative and to listen to what businesses think should be the priorities for the coming months. Everybody involved in the forest industry is welcome to attend - forestry contractors, woodland owners, managers and advisors. Programme and venue to be announced, but please keep the date free for now. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact Martin Glynn

Confor Woodland Show 2015
10-11 September 2015, Longleat Estate
Read more 

Southwest AGM
10 September 2015, at Confor Woodland Show, Longleat Estate
Read more 

HIFIC meeting
30 September 2015, Scottish School of Forestry, Inverness. Contact

South-west autumn meeting
07 October 2015, Fingle Woods - date for your diary
Read more  

Woodland Communications Day
13 October 2015, Horringer - date for your diary 
Read more

North-east Scotland regional meeting
20 October 2015, Gordon Arms Hotel, Huntley. Contact

South Scotland regional meeting
22 October 2015, Lockerbie, venue tbd. Contact

Mid Scotland regional meeting
28 October 2015, Stirling Management Centre. Contact

APF 2016
15 September 2016, Ragley Estate
Read more

Finally, looking for a change? Take a year off as a professional forestry volunteer 

VSO International is currently looking for a Forestry Business Development Adviser to volunteer in Nepal for 1-2 years. The candidate will work with the partner organisation and local forest user groups to promote forest-based livelihoods and income earning activities. The specific tasks of the volunteer will include identifying forest-based business opportunities and design appropriate business plans that include aspects of value addition, marketing and business development services and building capacity of the partner(s) on business development including marketing, communications, and organisational development. Volunteers are offered comprehensive financial, personal and professional support and will receive extensive training before their placement. The financial package includes a living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. You can find the job details here. Read more about VSO International

© Copyright 2007 Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) Ltd (ConFor). Registered in Scotland No. SC34467

59 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2JG, UK. Tel: +44 (0)131 240 1410 Fax: +44 (0)131 240 1411 Contact us online