Articles

Views from the SOW team and guest contributors.

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It’s time to get the draft forestry legislation into the public domain for debate.

06.02.2014

We need to know what the proposed safeguards against the privatisation and exploitation of our English public forests are. Will this Government take the risk in the build up to the General Election and put the draft forestry bill into parliament for public scrutiny? If they believed in the current offering from DEFRA and the Forestry Commission, why on earth wouldn’t they?

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Public Forest Estate – an update

28.01.2014

As the long grass turns to scrub, the big question hanging on our lips this past 3 YEARS is ‘what will Government DO with our Public Forest Estate?’

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Tree Planting Grants Suspended

14.11.2013

It has just emerged that there will be no Government grants for planting new woodlands in 2014 and 2015. The result of transitional arrangements towards new European grants under the Rural Development Programme, the suspension has apparently been limited in Scotland and Wales – but not in England.

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Exmoor Society – Woodland Report Published

22.10.2013

The inherent value and huge potential of trees, woods and forests on Exmoor has been revealed in an authoritative report which has just been released by the Silvanus Trust and Laura Jones Associates.

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Forestry expert speaks out on proposals for our public forests

10.09.2013

Forestry expert, Rod Leslie, warns against an uprising from the grassroots if Govt gets it wrong over our public forests

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England’s largest environmental NGOs voice concern over new proposals for our public forests

10.09.2013

England’s largest environmental NGOs voice concern over new proposals for our public forests

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Forestry Commission for the Future: e-Petition Launched!

25.08.2013

    The Forestry Commission (FC) has provided Great Britain with a verdant rich tapestry of woods and forests enjoyed by the public for nearly 100 years.  The UK Government, however, is about to embark on an exercise to set up new bodies – breaking up and tearing the heart out of the FC. We […]

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Forestry in the House of Lords again

18.07.2013

HANSARD – Forestry: Independent Panel Report. Question, Asked by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

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The Future of Our Forests – What’s happened DEFRA?

11.07.2013

There’s plenty to be happy about but there are a few things that stand out as being a massive failure by Government to listen to the people that enabled this once in a hundred year process to occur.

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Two kinds of Growth – The Art of Climbing Trees – Adventure and Manifesto

23.06.2013

Henrik G Dahle… Film maker, writer, photographer, ideas person and failed activist and environmentalist, (possibly).

…had the eccentric privilege and opportunity to climb 365 trees in one year, through 11 countries, recording the conversations with 80 or so inspired people perched in the branches and taking thousands of photographs of trees. Each tree was a mini art project in itself, or opportunity to learn from and share with my co-climbers. This was my project ‘UpTrees’.

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The Tree in Your Landscape

09.06.2013

One mature tree in a city is a full landscape in itself…

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Feral – George Monbiot

02.06.2013

Ginny Battson explores George Monbiots talk at the Festival of Ideas about rewilding and his new book Feral… elephants on the Epynt…

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Biodiversity offsetting permits previously rejected housing development

23.05.2013

Tyneside wildlife areas threatened by new development – biodiversity offsetting undermining local communities?

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UBUSUNA – Exploring Life with Japan’s Forests

21.05.2013

film-making project to travel around Japan visiting, recording life in rural communities living in close proximity with the mountains & forests

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Chainsaw Training with Phil Dunford

14.05.2013

Small woodland owner Sarah Walters of Alvecote Wood shares her experience on Phil Dunford’s chainsaw course.

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All about the Money

08.05.2013

Behind the debate on ownership of our national forests, the money question has always been there. How much should the forests cost the public purse ?

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Biodiversity offsetting in the UK one year on… it’s not looking good…

07.05.2013

UK’s Biodiversity Offset Pilot has nothing much to show for it. Not one of the six counties involved has made a single offset. This is disappointing for organisations such as the Environment Bank, for whom these pilots are core business, but for much of civil society, the failure is just a reminder that biodiversity offsetting is not the right approach to conserving our remaining natural spaces.

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Trading Places – biodiversity offsetting.

22.04.2013

With good design biodiversity could be increased on a development site. Biodiversity offsetting prevents this, it is selling your landscape, your place and you can’t say or do anything about it.

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A Springtime Adventure in the Woods

21.04.2013

The weather this past few days has brought the woodlands alive! Full of bird song and snufflings, bees, butterflies, flowers and bud burst. I’ve been exploring…

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Suits don’t have Ears

17.03.2013

Segments of a lecture given by Landscape Research Groups’, Prof Peter Howard, touching on incorporating community landscapes into NGO/policy maker plans and biodiversity offsetting.

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