News & Events

eNews June 2008


..once again to this latest issue of ConFor's eNews.  We are pleased to welcome the following new members who have joined since our last issue:

Luke Hemmings, Northumberland
James Mingay, Derbyshire
Patrick Thompson, Perthshire
Carrie Wallace, Cumbria

In this latest issue of ConFor's eNews we introduce our latest recruit in England, publish an update on joint work on production forecasting and announce new research work into the implications and impact of rising fuel prices.

Future eNews

With Forestry and Timber News now being produced every two months ConFor's eNews will, in future, be sent out only in the months between issues of FTN.

Caroline Harrison joins the ConFor team

We are delighted to announce the appointment of chartered forester Caroline Harrison to the post of England manager.

ConFor and FC collaborate on production forecasting

Following a meeting between the Forestry Commission and ConFor members last year work has begun on the 2011 Production Forecast. An update on work is at

Researching the impact of fuel prices

Timber transport project manager, Simon Armstrong has been asked to research the issue of fuel prices looking at both immediate implications and longer term implications. The aim is to have this finished within four weeks. ConFor is in contact with haulage and transport associations to explore how best it can support their current activities.

Forestry at the Great Yorkshire Show

Although ConFor will not be at the Great Yorkshire Show this year, Harrogate, 08-10 July, there is a thriving forestry section, with a full programme of events including pole-climbing and horse-logging. The main forestry day is the Wednesday.  Yorwoods and its partners will be pleased to see ConFor members at its stand.


BSI tree safety

Tree management for public safety - towards an industry statement; conference was held on 29 May 08 in London.  ConFor is one of the partners on the Tree Safety Group, which organised this conference as part of a consultation exercise.

Nearly 300 people attended the conference, including 17 speakers/chairs.  There was electronic voting on a number of key questions after each session in order to assist the Tree Safety Group in deciding how to go forward.  The speakers were selected to cover the wide range of views of the many interested parties. 

The BSI draft standard, which was running in parallel with a more limited input, is now out for consultation (to 31 July).  The Tree Safety Group is pressing for it to become part of the TSG process to avoid having a standard which alienates whole groups of stakeholders.  It is at  Members, especially, landowners, foresters and agents are encouraged to respond to this consultation.

In addition to the need for an inclusive approach, as above, ConFor's position is to ensure that any standard or guidance which may result will be reasonable and defensible, while protecting landowners from any onerous requirements or unnecessary cost. 

Delegates' Conference Papers >> 

£200,000 under Defra Bio-energy Infrastructure Scheme

Environment Minister Phil Woolas has announced that farmers, foresters and biomass producers can apply for up to £200,000 each under a new round of grants opened on 9 June.


Consultation on the draft proposals for slimming down the UK Woodland Assurance Standard, for small woods is out now with a deadline of 04 July 2008.  See Members are urged to comment.

Consultation on FC England's draft practice guide for managing England's ancient and native woodlands.  Regional workshops are to be held to assist practitioners in responding. The consultation is at hard copies are available from 0117 906 6000.  Response deadline is 22 August.

The National Forest Company has launched a consultation on The National Forest to 2014 and beyond, for a new implementation plan to support its 2004 - 2014 strategy.  It focuses on four key questions: the annual target for planting; how to achieve landscape change; maintaining the quality of the Forest and organisational arrangements.  Comments are welcome until 30 September 2008.  The online survey is at The website also features background information on the review and the progress of the Forest since 2004.  Paper copies from:  01283 551211 or by email:


Woodfair South West is to be held at Roadford Lake, 12-13 July. Tel: 01409 221896

Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells, 21-24 July 08, ConFor will be there to welcome members and potential recruits.

CLA Game Fair, Blenheim Palace, Oxon, 25-27 July 08,

National Forest Wood Fair, on 25 August at Beacon Hill Country Park in the ancient Forest of Charnwood, near Woodhouse Eaves, five minutes from Junctions 22 or 23 of the M1. or

ConFor's International Forestry Exhibition 18-20 September 2008, Cannock Chase.  http://www.apfexhibition/

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