News & Events

eNews July 2009


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

Community Woodlands Association Moray
Grampian Heat and Power Aberdeenshire
Komatsu Forest Ltd Cumbria
John Hurle & Sons Ltd Cornwall
Derek Earl Devon
Angus Biofuels Angus
Forestry - Harvesting Cornwall
Riko UK Ltd Hants
Barony College Dumfriesshire
Daye Tucker Glasgow
Monymusk Estate Aberdeenshire
Charlotte Rogerson Northumberland
Wm Clark & Son (Parkgate) Ltd Dumfriesshire

Remember, the eNews is just one part of the ConFor communications package.  It is circulated between issues of our industry-leading magazine Forestry and Timber News - now published six times a year.  All ConFor members should receive a complimentary copy of FTN. Non-members can subscribe to eNews by sending your details to and we will add you to our mailing list.

ConFor leads sector concerns on deforestation in England

Sustained, effective lobbying is required to change Minister's minds and there are signs that ConFor has made ground on the issue of proposed deforestation in England. Leading up to a meeting with the English forestry Minister, ConFor facilitated expert discussion on the pros and cons of the draft open habitats policy, including with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry at Westminster, and highlighted the issue in the national press. A draft response prepared by ConFor was downloaded nearly 100 times from its website.


Real breakthrough on SRDP

After a concerted campaign, led by ConFor's Jamie Farquhar, the Scottish Government has agreed to make a number of amendments to the grants system to assist woodland creation and provide support for sustainable forest management.  


ConFor calls for increased new planting in England 

As part of its increased lobbying ConFor has highlighted the need for a joined-up approach to the role that forestry and wood can play in mitigating climate change, and called on the UK Government to increase new planting in England, including of conifers, as part of its upcoming proposals on energy and climate change.


EU illegal logging legislation still threatens sector

Although Secretary of State Hilary Benn has assured the sector that the UK Government is pressing for new legislation on tackling illegal logging that will not introduce unnecessary cost and bureaucracy to domestic forestry, latest negotiations in Brussels still cause real concern with the UK supporting new, more demanding requirements. ConFor has met with the Minister and will do so again in September to reiterate the sector's views.


ConFor establishes important new policy groups and meets Westminster parties

Following the appointment of Rupert Pigot as Head of Policy ConFor is moving forward with developing new or updated policies targeted on key issues of interest to the sector. Two task and finish groups are being established to work with members on an updated policy on renewable energy and on the future purpose, structure and operation of Forestry Commission England. The groups will prepare initial proposals for consultation with members.

It is expected that the final policies will be in place by the autumn, ready to be included as part of ConFor's lobbying for the next UK election. ConFor has already begun discussions with MPs in Westminster to help influence party policies.

wood for good prepares for a re-launch  

An update from wood for good was issued recently by the directors, who are organising an event in September to discuss revitalising the campaign. 


New Timber Transport Forum project officer appointed

ConFor is delighted to welcome Roland Stiven as the new timber transport project officer, based at ConFor's Edinburgh office.  Tel: 0131 240 1418; 


Dendroctonus micans in Galloway

D.micans was recently confirmed in Galloway. Woodland owners and managers are asked to survey their woods and care taken to avoid its further spread. 


New consultations

New consultations have been announced on the public forest estate in England, carbon offsetting and revision of the UK Forestry Standard. 


FSC chemical derogations announced

Some changes have been recently announced in the use of chemicals on the FSC "highly hazardous" list.  All owners and mangers of certified woodlands need to be aware. 


Call for expressions of interest

Logistics in Forestry Transport Ltd (LIFT) invite expressions of interest from forestry related companies, operating ideally, but not exclusively, in south Scotland, to continue the development and testing of the software suite developed under the pilot project 'South Scotland timber logistics programme'.   


North Yorkshire timber transport study

North Yorkshire County Council has commissioned a timber production mapping study. It will gather data on the potential quality of timber likely to be produced from the country's forests and the impactions that the extraction of this timber could have on the county's highway network. The potential production of timber from both the public and the private sectors will be significant over the next 10 -15 years. Over time it may become increasingly difficult to transport such volumes of timber to market.

ConFor urges the forestry sector to engage in this study to help identify the key routes for transported timber.



Tony Phillips OBE  

Many will be saddened to learn of the recent death of Tony Phillips OBE, aged 82.  Tony was a founder member of the Association of Professional Foresters, being its secretary until 1992 and instrumental in establishing the APF Forestry Machinery Demonstration, now the International Forestry Exhibition.  He continued as a member of ConFor's Wessex committee, as well as maintaining interest in forestry through his Brokerswood Country Park and Rocks East Woodland education and training centre.  Tony had just been elected to Wiltshire County Council in the June elections, after serving on West Wiltshire District Council from its inception in 1973, including acting as its leader, and clocked up 53 years in local government.  There will be an appreciation in August's FTN.

Birthday honours

Congratulations to the following who were included in the Queen's birthday honours:

Keith Jones (northwest England FC regional director) OBE;
Ron Melville MBE (London FC regional director);
Esmond Harris MBE for services to forestry and conservation.


South West Woodland Show

ConFor's South West Woodland Show, 11 September 09, is moving to the superb new venue of Longleat, near Warminster, Wiltshire.     tel: 01803 864635. 
Please note:
In order to ensure entry in the catalogue, exhibitors must book (and pay) by 31 July. 
All ConFor members have free entry to the show on production of the catalogue, which will be mailed in advance.
There is a special offer at Longleat for visitors to the show - see August FTN.

ICF National Study Tour 2009,

24-25 September 09, Silviculture in a Changing Climate - Practical adaptations of forestry management to climate change; at Huntly & Clashindarroch Forest, Aberdeenshire.
Full details/booking at or call Allison Lock on 0131 240 1425.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency fairs:
RENEXPO 24-27 September, Augsburg, Germany
RENEXPO 03-05 November 09, Kiev, Ukraine
RENEXPO 26-28 November, Salzburg, Austria

EFORWOOD conference, Shape your sustainability tools and let your tools shape you, Uppsala, Sweden; 23-24 September 2009.  Researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across the world discuss sustainability impact assessment of the forest-based sector.

Continuous Cover Forestry Group conference at Westonbirt, Glos, 29 September.  Registration:  or CCFG, Plas Wenallt, Llanafan, Aberystwyth. SY23 4AX

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