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This is Confor's March 2016 e-News, to keep you informed before our members receive Forestry and Timber News in April.

Welcome to new members:

BASF plc, Ayrshire
Chip Chip Ltd, London 
Dowdeswell Forestry, Gloucestershire
Llais y Goedwig, Powys
O Frost Arboriculture, Somerset
Robert Douglas, London 
Rosina Hardy, Devon
Peter Honan, Cumbria
Conor McGee-Simpson
Michael Wilson, County Durham   


Confor releases new film on forestry

CONFOR has produced a short film on the importance of forestry and timber - part of a range of new materials designed to better explain the sector and its work to a wider audience. More here  

Confor welcomes flood petition response

Confor has welcomed a positive response by the UK Government to a parliamentary petition on tree planting and flooding - but stressed that more funding will be needed to deliver the planting and a wide range of associated benefits.

An update on Confor's on flooding is available here.  

Welcome for huge Norbord investment

Confor has welcomed the announcement that member company Norbord is investing almost £100 million to modernise and expand its mill at Inverness. Read more.  

National Survey for Forestry Approaches Deadline

Businesses across the forest and timber industries are being encouraged to take part in three annual statistical surveys by the Forestry Commission.

The three annual statistical surveys by the Forestry Commission are:

  • the Private Sector Softwood Removals Survey;
  • the Sawmill Survey; and
  • the Survey of Round Fencing Manufacturers.

For those businesses that have not yet completed a return, the questionnaire can be completed online at or contact the Forestry Commission to receive an electronic copy By completing the questionnaire, you will help ensure that these statistics are accurate and of maximum value to the industry and to your business. Please provide us with a completed return as soon as possible, and preferably by Monday 21 March to ensure inclusion in the provisional figures that the Forestry Commission will be publishing in May.


Members' update on Countryside Stewardship

Confor has updated members on its activity to raise widespread and significant concerns about the operation of the Countryside Stewardship scheme and to drive improvements to the scheme. Read more

Countryside Stewardship grants soon to open for applications

Thousands of hectares of England's countryside are set to benefit from further protection thanks to two grants to be rolled out under the Countryside Stewardship scheme this month. Read more.  

Landmark global conference to discuss prevention of spread of tree pests and diseases

Over 150 experts from across the world will descend on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on February 23/24 for a fully-subscribed conference to discuss tree and plant health early warning systems in an attempt to further improve our ability to prevent and detect new outbreaks of pests and diseases. Read more

New first aid courses for high risk farming and forestry workers

St John Ambulance is launching new first aid training across England, specially designed for the farming and forestry industry. Read more.


Forestry School Set to Nurture Skills as Industry Blossoms
Inverness College UHI cast a spotlight on the booming Scottish forestry industry on Friday (12 February) as it celebrated the formal unveiling of its new Scottish School of Forestry facility at Balloch. Read more

Scotland's Finest Woods Awards

There is still time to put in an application to this year's Scotland's Finest Woods Awards. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2016 and there are four category awards - featuring seven competitions. Read more

Lantra Scotland reveals finalists for prestigious national awards

Forestry Commission staff Greg Ferrier and Sean Donaghy have been short-listed for Lantra Scotland's Learner of the Year Awards 2016. These much-coveted accolades will be presented to the winner at the high profile Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards ceremony, on Thursday 3rd March at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Read more.


Farming Connect's new Agri Lab Forum - calling all techies!

ARE you a fan of all things technical? Do you like to keep up to date with the latest innovations and developments in farming technology? Or do you work with new technologies? If so, the Farming Connect Agri Lab wants to hear from you. Read more.  


Intended Launch of Gresham House Forestry Fund LP ("the Fund")

Gresham House has announced their intention launch a £25.0m forestry fund for sophisticated investors that will be managed by their specialist forestry subsidiary, Aitchesse Ltd. They see it as the first step in opening up forestry's impressive performance for wider investment. Read more.  

Final Call for UKWAS Stakeholder Comments

A final call for stakeholder comments has been made by the UKWAS Steering Group to inform the development of an UKWAS Fourth Edition which will be released in autumn 2016. Read more.  

ICF Announces Two Awards for Forestry Excellence

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced two awards for excellence in forestry. Ian Ross OBE FICFor has been awarded the prestigious Institute's Medal, while long-standing Confor member James Hepburne Scott has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute. Read more.

Dr Terry Mabbett wins James Cup - again! 

Author Dr Terry Mabbett has won the RFS James Cup for a second time after an article on the Restoration of Peri-urban Hazel Coppice Woodlands was voted Number One by a panel of RFS members. His article, downloadable here appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry in October 2015 and was up against stiff competition from a number of other articles.

Recruitment Advertising for Forestry and Timber Sector 

Did you know that Confor offer both online and magazine recruitment advertising? 

With the April edition of Confor's magazine, Forestry & Timber News, about to be published, it's easy to promote your vacancy to our members. Simply email the role description and company logo to Chloe at our publishing house:

Who is reading Forestry & Timber News? 

  • Forestry & woodland managers, consultants and contractors
  • Forest & woodland owners
  • Nurseries
  • Machinery dealers and manufacturers
  • The growing woodfuel sector
  • Timber processors including sawmills
  • Colleges, students and associates
  • Suppliers to the industry 

When is the deadline for Forestry & Timber News? Friday 11th March, 2016 

When will Forestry & Timber News be with readers? Friday 1st April, 2016 

How much is recruitment advertising with Confor?

Print adverts start from £225.00 + VAT for an advert which is 63mm in height by 92mm in width. Print adverts come with complimentary online posting

Online only adverts are just £75.00 + VAT per week 

Let us know if you're looking for new recruits this Spring! 


Scotland Regional Forestry and Timber Industry evening meetings:

  • Mid Scotland - 16 March, Stirling - Read more

North of England regional meeting - 17 March 2016 at Barningham Estate. 

In conjunction with FC Technical Development Branch.  Demonstration of small and medium scale harvesting equipment.  More details to follow here

Forestry and Timber: Scotland's hidden success story - 22 March 2016

Confor has teamed up with The Scotsman Conferences to organise a major event in Edinburgh on Tuesday, March 22nd to raise the profile of the forestry sector - and the key issues it faces - ahead of the May 2016 Holyrood elections. As a member, you are eligible to buy tickets for just £49 - a discount of more than 50%. Read more.  

APF 2016
15 September 2016, Ragley Estate
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