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New glasshouse opens in Cheshire to boost timber production and help grow Public Forest Estate

On Friday 31st August, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey MP opened a new glasshouse in Cheshire.

The glasshouse is intended to bring a boost to timber production and help to grow the Public Forest Estate. The state-of-the-art growing facility covers a hectare and has tight environmental controls, creating better growing conditions for the four million seedlings it will house.

The glasshouse will play a vital role in the maintenance and expansion of the Public Forest Estate throughout the UK, with the seedlings helping timber production and improving biosecurity. it will be fully stocked with a mix of species and ages by 2020.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said at the opening: "It is wonderful to be here to officially open this impressive new structure which will help ensure our forests are stocked with trees in a more sustainable and productive fashion."

"The forests and woodlands that these trees will go on to be a part of are vital for providing timber, protecting wildlife, and helping us improve our environment for the next generation."

Simon Hodgson, Forestry Commission England, Chief Executive said: "The largest glasshouse dedicated to forest trees in the UK means that Forestry Commission England will be able to plant around five million of the very best trees every year in the nation’s forests for timber, recreation and wildlife as well as supplying trees to Scotland and Wales. We are increasing the diversity of tree species we plant so the nation’s forests are resilient; protecting them from pests, diseases and the effects of a changing climate."

[Source: www.gov.uk]

 

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China launches FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard

China is the second country in the Asia Pacific region to publish a national forest stewardship standard based on the latest version of the FSC Principles & Criteria.

China imports more wood than any other country in the world. The forests that are FSC-certified in the country are mainly for production and contain monoculture plantations such as poplar and eucalyptus trees with short rotation periods of five to seven years. There are also FSC-certified Chinese fir and pine trees with more extended rotation up to 25 years. In China on average smallholders manage about 2 hectares of forests, with some manage less than 0.1 hectares and some up to 160 hectares.

The new national standard set clear targets for forest managers towards sustainable intensification and proactive management of environmental values. Experts in natural conservation, worker's rights, forest carbon management, poverty alleviation, international trade, and law and legislation helped to write the standard.

Over 80 countries are working to transfer their national standards from version 4 of the Principles and Criteria to version 5. 70 countries are developing national-level standards around the world and usually include representation of social, environmental, and economic stakeholders. FSC-accredited certification bodies are developing interim national standards in countries where we don’t have an FSC representative.

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the People’s Republic of China can be downloaded here.

 

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Timber Market undergoes biggest period of change in decades

Property Consultants Bidwells have released their Summer 2018 Timber Price Database which looks at the standing conifer timber prices achieved in the six months to September 2017, indicating the timber market has undergone perhaps the biggest period of change seen in decades.

Returns from 79 transactions totalling over 742,000 cubic metres of coniferous timber, with a value to the grower in excess of £28 Million have been received and indicate on average significant price rises over the period.

With Bidwell’s last commentary back in December 2017 stated that there were “current reports of supply shortages and increasing upwards pressure on standing sales values” – this has proved to be something of an understatement as the latest set of results for October 2017 – March 2018 had clearly demonstrated.

All signals are pointing towards prices of coniferous timber throughout Scotland & Northern England having continued to increase since the end of March and there are still considerable supply pressures on timber processors. 

Raymond Henderson, Forestry Partner at Bidwells commented: “It is always difficult to predict the future, given the influence which global demand and exchange rates have on domestic timber values, but the overall macro-economic situation of increasing demand and tightening supplies suggests no reason to suspect a weakening of prices over the short term."

“Good news for timber growers then, but possibly less so for many processors, and given the closely linked health dependence of each sector on the other, it can be in no-one’s best interests to see unsustainably high prices. The hope is therefore that what we have been seeing is a re-basing of timber values at levels which can be maintained in the long term.”

To view the full insights and research, please click on the report here

 

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PEFC launches 2018 photo contest to celebrate forests and wildlife

Following on from the successful 2017 competition, PEFC UK and PEFC Ireland have launched the 2018 photographic competition with the theme of Forests, our Home, Workplace and Playground.

The contest - to close on World Environment Day on 5th June - aims to highlight the importance of caring for our forests and why sustainable forest management and certification are such important element of this.

The PEFC is looking for exciting and inspiring images showing how people use the forests for a range of key reasons – from commercial purposes to relaxation as well as examples of how wildlife including birds, animals and insects rely on them for food and shelter.

There are three national cash prizes to be won and the winners will be announced by the end of June. The winning photos will then be entered into an international competition to find a worldwide winner and the chance to win a further special prize. 

Entrants are invited to submit their photographs through Instagram using the hashtag #forestplaywork. Further details and terms and conditions can be found at www.pefc.photo

 

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BVRio launches strategic partnership to promote responsible Timber Exchange in Indonesia

BVRio, Landscape Indonesia and the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute (LEI) have established a partnership based on the mutual intention of pursuing sustainable forest management in Indonesia.

The three parties will work together to promote the use of the Responsible Timber Exchange (RTX) in Indonesia, by including Indonesian responsible timber sellers and buyers in the platform and promoting their products in the international market.

In November 2016, Indonesia became the first country to fully achieve its VPA objectives and be authorized to issue FLEGT licenses. The aim of the initiative is to support the Indonesian timber industry to maintain their engagement with the FLEGT Action Plan and attract more companies to it.

"An essential part of this process is to assist companies in promoting their timber products in international markets, ensuring that the sector is rewarded for their efforts in adopting legality and sustainability standards," explains a note from BVRio.
 
"BVRio Responsible Timber Exchange utilizes a wide range of e-commerce and digital marketing tools combined with direct engagement with timber traders in the EU, US and China. The RTX platform is already fully accessible in Bahasa Indonesia and provides a registration tutorial for Indonesian users, making it perfectly placed to promote Indonesian responsible timber products in international markets."

LEI will bring a wealth of experience to the partnership, having been very active in promoting sustainability of forest enterprises and community forestry projects in Indonesia for a long time.

Finally, Landscape Indonesia will in charge for providing advisory services on sustainable landscape management financing and development facilities.

 

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