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New 600,000-tree woodland scheme proposed in Northumberland

As reported by the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor), a new project to plant more than 600,000 trees in Doddington North Moor near Wooler, Northumberland, was officially launched at The Glendale Show.

If approved, the plan would create the largest new private sector woodland in England for more than 20 years, extending the habitats favoured by red squirrels and helping to prevent future flood risks. Moreover, the new woodland would sequester over 130,000 tonnes of CO2.

The project would also bring remarkable benefits to the forestry and timber processing industry in the Northumberland area. Indeed the Doddington North woodland scheme is designed to create and support local businesses and employment, from the establishment phase of the forest through to harvesting when the trees are mature.   

Andy Howard, project manager, said: “Our proposal to plant over 600,000 new trees on a 354-hectare site (3.54 square km) is an exciting step forward for much-needed new forestry planting in England. New productive woodlands have a very different set of standards we must comply with nowadays, the UK Forestry Standard, and our design for the Doddington North wood can provide a very diverse ecology with a wide range of species of tree, plant, bird and animal life supported.” 

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor added: “The Doddington site is ideally suited to a modern, mixed woodland that will sit well in the landscape, deliver wood to support local jobs and create more places for wildlife. It will also make a significant contribution to the UK’s climate change reduction targets by locking up carbon in the trees." 

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, said:"This is an excellent example of the kind of thoughtful, modern, multi-benefit forestry which we need in our rural areas. It will provide a significant supply of timber to support local businesses, as well as promoting wildlife habitats and contributing to reducing future flood risks. I have often stressed that if we drive up tree-planting as part of natural flood management schemes, we can have a major impact on reducing future flood risk. We are making progress in that area, but need to do much more." 

The launch of the scheme at the Glendale Show represented the start of the public consultation process for assessing whether the project can gain consent from Forestry Commission England. The next major event in that process is an open public meeting to be held on Tuesday 18th October at The Black Bull, High Street, Wooler.

Further information on the proposed new woodland can be found at  


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"Our business and supply chains are slavery-free", says Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission (FC) has released an official statement on Modern Slavery and Human trafficking.

"Our supply chain is made up of a large number of third party providers, many of which are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)", explained FC Director of Central Services Jean Lindsay.

"We procure a large and varied range of goods, works and services from corporate clothing and tree shelters, through to operation services such as harvesting, planting and forest road building."

"We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking and are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business."

In details, the steps taken by the Forestry Commission to reduce the risk of modern slavery include:

  • All employees are paid above the National Living Wage
  • FC Grievance, Bullying and Harassment, and Whistleblowing policies give a platform for the employees to raise concerns and ‘blow the whistle’ on any wrong-doing within the Organisation
  • Adoption of the European Public Contracts Directive which governs good practice in procurement
  • Inclusion of discretionary exclusion criteria relating to breach of environmental, social and labour law within Invitation to Tender documents issued during 15/16, covering England or on a GB wide basis

"Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains, we intend to take further steps and develop policies and processes to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains", Ms Lindsay concluded.


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FSC launches 2016 Global Market Survey

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is calling on certificate holders and trademark service licence holders to participate in its 2016 Global Market Survey.

The consultation - to close on 28 September 2016 - aims to improve the understanding of market needs and help in planning FSC strategic work.

Respondents have also the opportunity to participate in a prize draw to win free advertisement space on FSC Marketplace. The winners will be announced on the FSC International website. 

All FSC certificate holders and trademark service licence holders who provided valid contact details should have received the survey invitations by 1 September 2016. If not, they can contact the local certification body or trademark service provider. T

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Boosting conifer seed production will benefit woodland wildlife, says Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission has published a new Research Note aiming to help managers and planners of conifer woods to assess the seed resources in their woods and manage them in ways which maximise the quantity and continuity of seed production.

Entitled ‘Understanding the provision of conifer seed for woodland species’, the publication shows that planting a variety of species ensures a diverse age structure in the forest and thinning.

Co-author Alice Broome, from Forest Research, said: “Conifer seed provides an important food resource for many woodland birds and small mammals, including some of Britain’s rarest species.

“However, quantity and continuity of seed supply are not guaranteed, because cone and seed crops fluctuate annually, they vary from species to species, and seed availability is affected by climate, species and tree age.

“This Research Note explains how woodland managers can influence continuity and quantity to maximise the food resource for wildlife, and the length of the periods it is available.”

The publication is downloadable as a PDF document on the Forestry Commission website.


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Timcon calls on UK Government to boost forest replanting

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) has called on the Government to significantly boost UK forest replanting plans. The plea follows the publication of a Forestry Commission report underlining that just half of the coniferous woodland harvested in 2006 had been restocked with productive conifer species.

TIMCON President John Dye said: “The home-grown timber industry has been a great success story of recent years, providing the majority of raw materials for industries such as pallets and packaging.

“This is good news for the British economy and jobs and for the long-term sustainability of British forest-based industries. The UK forestry and sawmill industry has invested heavily in providing first class timber and service; while production and use of wood has a significant role to play in the UK building a lower carbon economy.

“The share for home-grown wood has been increasing. We don’t want this positive trend reversed in favour of imports from the alternative sources we have to source our raw materials because of inadequate planting for the future, and which will ensure continuity of supply.”

“TIMCON is liaising with the Timber Trade Federation and Confor to lobby the Government to support British forestry, its related business and the environment by ensuring that a programme of full replacement is in place for harvested trees.

“Wood is repairable, reusable and recyclable. It continues to be the most environmentally friendly and economic option as such remains the first choice material for the vast majority of pallets and transit packaging.”


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