Woodland News

Ash Dieback Research Providing Hope

A range of research projects into ash dieback dis­ease, launched by Defra, are begin­ning to pro­duce results.  Pre­vi­ously known as Chalara frax­inea, the new cor­rect name for the fun­gus is now Hymenoscy­phus frax­ineus. Field tri­als grow­ing young ash trees have now com­pleted their third year, grow­ing seedlings from 15 seed sources.  With two years left

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Woodland Grants

Details of the new Coun­try­side Stew­ard­ship grants, which will be com­bine the old Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship and Wood­land Grant Schemes, are begin­ning to be released.  Last week an interim scheme was announced to cover three main areas of activ­ity: 1.   Wood­land Plan­ning Grants 2.  Tree Health Grants 3.  Grants for Wood­land Cre­ation The new wood­land creation

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Woodland Shows and Events 2015

The fol­low­ing is a list of major wood­land events and fairs around the coun­try, which may be of inter­est to both prospec­tive and actual wood­land own­ers.  Some are big­ger than oth­ers, but all have an empha­sis on actual wood­land man­age­ment, with many firms rep­re­sented at them as well as a wide range of activ­i­ties. A

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New Woodland Grants: Countryside Stewardship Rides Again!

Defra pub­lished the first details about the new grant scheme for wood­lands last week.  This will now be known as Coun­try­side Stew­ard­ship, hav­ing been referred to referred to as New Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Scheme (or NELMS) in ear­lier con­sul­ta­tions.  It seeks to com­bine the pre­vi­ous Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship and Wood­land Grant Schemes.  A bit more infor­ma­tion was

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Changes to Woodland Grants

The Wood­land Grant Scheme con­tin­ues to change as we head towards changes under the new CAP reforms.  The main changes recently announced by the Forestry Com­mis­sion are: •    Bio­di­ver­sity Wood­land Improve­ment Grant (WIG) is now closed •    Wood­fuel WIGs will close in Sep­tem­ber.  In prac­tice you need to be in queue by now if you

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Woodland Events in the South West

A cou­ple of events our south west read­ers may like to know about.  North Hill stages its annual Wood­land Craft and Bean­pole Fayre in a few days time, on  Sat­ur­day May 17th.  details on the poster below.  Simon has been befiore and it promises a good day out. Also a group of local landown­ers and small contractors

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Woodland Grants and CAP Reform

The gov­ern­ment have announced some admin­is­tra­tive changes in the last month, with some staff admin­is­ter­ing Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship and Wood­land Grant Schemes mov­ing to the Rural Pay­ments Agency from Nat­ural Eng­land and from the Forestry Com­mis­sion.  The role of the Forestry Commission’s wood­land offi­cers remains the same for now. The future of the Eng­lish Wood­land Grant Scheme

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Badger Cull: News and Opinion

The long dis­cussed trial culls in Som­er­set and Glouces­ter­shire are now under­way, with Som­er­set start­ing last week and Glouces­ter­shire this week.  There has been much debate in the media, with a major­ity of pub­lic opin­ion against the culls, but the level of detail in that debate often leaves some­thing to be desired.  Bovine TB is

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Forestry Commission Changes

The Gov­ern­ment spend­ing review, pub­lished in June, included a 9.6% cut to Defra, which is on top of pre­vi­ously announced cuts.  That is cer­tain to mean fur­ther cuts for the coun­try­side agen­cies, includ­ing the Forestry Com­mis­sion and Nat­ural Eng­land.  That’s likely to mean less staff, again, but no news yet on how it will affect

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Ash Die Back Disease in Devon

A case of the tree dis­ease Chalara dieback of ash has been con­firmed in a wood­land in Devon.  Devon is the 17th county in Great Britain where Chalara has been dis­cov­ered in the wider envi­ron­ment, as oppose to recently planted trees.  This brings the dis­ease much closer to our own area of the south west,

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