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Ash Die Back Disease (3): new grant scheme

There has been relatively little news regarding ash die back disease in the last few months, as symptoms and spread will only become apparent as trees come into leaf in the new season.  However, this has given time for a lot of planning and working out practical steps to help slow the spread of the

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Independent Forestry Panel: The Government Response

The Independent Panel was set up in 2012, following a public outcry at plans to sell off large areas of Forestry Commission land.  The panel was chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, and had members drawn from the forestry industry and conservation charities.  The panel reported in July, and last week the Government finally published

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Forestry Investment Reports

Every year in September, Savills produce a report on the market for forest properties. This focuses predominantly on larger conifer plantations in Scotland but takes smaller broadleaf woodlands in England into consideration. Jonathan Henson, the director of rural services at Savills remains upbeat “Over the past 12 months a combination of strong demand, and the

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Woodland Grants: Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant

We attended a seminar on this grant last month, as we are considering possible applications for one of our own woods, and a private client.  The scheme is intended to help bring unmanaged wood back into production, and grants are available for professional advice and major capital works that will help improve access and profitability. 

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Ash Die Back Disease (2)

Most people interested in woodlands will now be well aware of the latest threat to our woodlands, but what might it mean in practise for small woodland owners?  To date the disease (Chalara fraxinea, to give it the scientific name) has only been found in mature trees in the east of the country, but is

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Ash Die Back Disease

A ban on imports of ash trees was announced on 26th October, following the detection of Chalara ash dieback is some tree stock imported last winbter, and now in mature trees in two sites in East Anglia.  Make sure any specimens you buy have been grown in the UK, and are from a reputable nursery. 

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Independent Panel on Forestry

The panel was set up in 2011, following a public outcry at possible plans to sell off the publicly owned Forestry Commission woods.  The final panel report was published this month and is available from the Defra web-site.  While the panel was a response to opposition of the sale of publicly owned woods, the Panel’s

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