Forestry Day at the Royal Welsh Show

25 July 2017

We are pleased to invite you to join Confor and the forestry sector in Wales for our annual Forestry Day at the Royal Welsh Show. 

Forestry Day at the Royal Welsh Show

Tuesday, 25th July 2017 at 12.00 noon in the Confor marquee 


We are pleased to invite you to join Confor and the forestry sector in Wales for our annual Forestry Day at the Royal Welsh Show. This year our theme is ‘Cooperation in the management and expansion of our forest resource’. 

Wales’ natural resources are among our most valuable assets and our woodlands and forests form a significant part of those natural assets. They provide essential services to Wales and are as fundamental to the long-term success of our economy as they are to the quality of our natural environment, the well-being of our communities and the need to tackle inter-generational challenges such as climate change. 

Along with the rest of the UK Wales has ambitious targets for woodland creation. The WG climate change strategy recommended an expansion of woodland in Wales of 5,000 ha per annum in order to expand the carbon sink and off-set emissions. However, the pace of planting has fallen well short of our aspirations and the Committee on Climate Change recommended that “consideration should be given to whether further measures are needed to ensure tree planting targets are met – on the basis of current achievement, there needs to be a better approach to ensuring that woodland creation supports delivery of our climate change targets”. 

At a time when the balance between agricultural and other uses of land face pressure for change as a result of BREXIT, we need to demonstrate the potential for woodlands and forests to offer a profitable use of land that can also provide multiple benefits for Welsh society. We know that the GVA of the woodland and forestry sector matches that of other rural land uses despite only receiving relatively small amounts of public investment. Further development of the woodland and forest resource will lead to the sector providing new jobs in Wales’ rural areas, from new woodland creation to the harvesting and processing of the timber resource. 

This projected growth can only be supported by an increase in the forested area of Wales as well as good management of our existing resource. Both woodland creation and management require planning at a strategic scale and it is recognised that joined-up, collaborative action with the positive involvement of all stakeholders is the only way forward if we are to maintain and expand our forests, delivering an economically sound rural economy.                                               

Cooperative Forest Planning

Facilitated by Confor


12.00 - 12.10 “The investment opportunities for the forestry sector post Brexit.” John Clegg: John Clegg & Co 

12.10 – 12.25 “Have we got the level of regulation right?” Andrew Bronwin: Andrew Bronwin & Co. 

12.25 – 12.45 “Cooperative Forest Planning- creating a new approach.” Richard Wakeford: Professor of Environment, Land Use and Rural Strategy at Birmingham University, Chair of Cooperative Forest Planning scheme project. 

12.45 – 13.00 “Timber markets and projections for future demand.” Christiane Lellig: Campaign Director Wood for Good. 

13.00pm Forest Buffet, kindly sponsored by John Clegg & Co.

The forestry day continues with the RWS woodlands awards in the Confor marquee at 15.00pm. 

We look forward to seeing you on the day. To make catering easier please RSVP by 21st July to: 

Martin Bishop, Confor National Manager for Wales, Rheolwr Genedlaethol i Gymru

Email:  Tel: 01873 857969  Mob: 07876 029482 

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