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This is Confor's November 2014 e-news, to keep you informed before members receive Forestry and Timber News in December along with the 2015 Confor pocket diary.

Welcome to new members:

Edward Manningham-Buller, Co Down
Crispin Golding, Gloucestershire
Simon Place, Lancashire
John Monaghan, Northumberland
Bruton Knowles, Somerset
Kronospan Forestry Ltd, Clwyd
L M Timber, Merseyside

Confor demands rebate apply to UK sawmills
The UK Government has consulted on a proposed relief payment from the indirect cost of renewables for energy intensive industries. As currently structured, the sawmilling sector would not be eligible for this relief, even though Confor successfully negotiated a related Climate Change Agreement based on the sector's exposure to import competition. Confor has responded to the consultation demanding that the eligibility rules be adapted to recognise the particular competitive pressures that the UK sawmilling sector operates under.

Stuart Goodall briefs ministers during Grown in Britain week
As part of a week-long festival of events during October's Grown in Britain week, Confor CEO Stuart Goodall briefed Secretary of State, Liz Truss on a visit to see James Jones & Sons timber in a London housing development and forestry minister Dan Rogerson at an event in Westminster. Read more at

Scots media take shine to reborn Corfu ferry
A FERRY that used to take ­passengers to Greek islands has been refitted to help provide relief from a ­headache long suffered by the Scottish timber industry - getting wood to market from remote areas without proper roads. A pilot project put together by Glennon's Adam Wilson's mill, Tilhill and the Troon Tug Company will see up to 60,000 tonnes of timber ferried to Troon from currently inaccessible forests. Confor assisted with the media, securing print, radio and TV coverage. Read more at   

Welsh inquiry into management of the public forestry estate
In June this year the Environment and Sustainability committee of the Welsh Government held a short inquiry into the management of the public forestry estate in Wales by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Representatives from across the industry including Confor gave evidence to the committee. After  the inquiry, and following much consideration and discussion, the committee recently sent a letter to Carl Sargeant minister for Natural Resources outlining the results of their inquiry and recommendations to Welsh Government. Read more at

Confor Woodland Show 2015 open for bookings now
The next CWS will take place on 10/11 September 2015, again on Longleat Estate. Early bookings are now being taken and more information will be available soon. For booking and sponsorship requests, please contact  

Plant Health Update
A series of quick updates on Phytophthora austrocedrae, aerial flights, Chalara and the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative.  

Awards have been made to Steve Lavery, Sir Harry Studholme and Dr David Humphreys. FC Scotland Director, Dr Bob McIntosh has announced his retirement and the National Forest Company will appoint a new chief executive. Read more at   

Industry News
British Hardwood Tree Nursery celebrates 25 years in business, Lantra announces new funding for women working in the land-based sector and there is a consultation on a new industry code of practice for the arboricultural sector. And turn your leaves into prizes this autumn. Read more at

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update
Wood Resources International  
Wood pellets exports from North America to Europe plateaued during the 1H/2014 with Canadian shipments declining and exports from the US South continuing upward, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Read more at   

Dealing with machines and technology? Recommend products to other members
We would like to invite all members to share information on great machinery or forestry products (from sawmill equipment to chainsaw gloves or relascopes) with the Confor community. If you have recently bought or used a piece of equipment and are thrilled - contact - we might want to recommend the product to FTN readers! Just name the product and brand, a link if possible, and add one or two sentences describing why you would recommend the product to others. We would also be interested in people who would be willing to be contacted for their comments on product releases, or to review products in the future.


Marches Regional Meeting
Seed stand management, nursery techniques and new species
10 November 2014, Forestart, Shrewsbury and Prees Heath Forest Nurseries, Whitchurch
More at  

Woodland Communication Day
14 November, Horringer Community Centre
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South Scotland Forestry and Timber Regional Event
04 March 2015, date for your diary  

North-east Scotland Forestry and Timber Regional Event
11 March 2015, date for your diary

Mid Scotland Forestry and Timber Regional Event
18 March 2015, date for your diary  

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

FC free RDP demonstration events
Events across England from October 2014 to February 2015

The new Rural Development Funding Programme opens in 2015 and will include a scheme to improve farming and forestry productivity. Forestry Commission England and Lantern have teamed up with businesses across England to show, through a series of free demonstration events, how previous European funding has enabled them to grow and improve their efficiency.  Come along to see how funding can transform your business and hear more about the support on offer to help you prepare for new funding opportunities.
Visit (!events/cmpy) for a full list of events and to reserve your place, or contact the Lantern team at

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