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Welcome to The Silvanus Trust

The Silvanus Trust is working through partnerships to regenerate the woodlands in the South West for economic, social and environmental benefits.

Growing trees and using timber is increasingly recognised as one of the most environmentally sustainable uses of land. Yet the UK imports the majority of its timber needs whilst a large proportion of England's woodlands are not actively managed.

The Silvanus Trust aims to improve this situation.

We work with communities and businesses to increase the potential of woodland to support greater rural economic activity by marketing local materials, increasing the use of timber, and promoting wood as a replacement for fossil fuels and as a sustainable material.

This is admirably demonstrated in this short video by the Danish Wood Initiative: Wood - Nature's Stroke of Genius

How do we do this?

We provide support for those with an interest in or working in wood and woodlands.

We support the South West wood industry to promote a sustainable woodland economy.

We influence policy concerning sustainable and viable woodlands.

We undertake research and promote best practice.


Feb 3, 2015
We have now moved our office to Mount Edgcumbe House, and our phone number has changed to 01752 651640.
Apr 3, 2015

Blackdown Woodland Fair 
4th July 2015  10am - 5pm
Park Farm, Wellington, Somerset

Mar 2, 2015

Fifty delegates representing a broad range of architects, engineers and timber processors gathered at the South West Energy Centre to consider the latest opportunities in using wood in construction.  In the morning three speakers gave an overview of the latest opportunities followed by technical seminars in the afternoon.  A selection of exhibitors and tours of the Centre and on-site Passivhaus complemented the speakers.  The event was organized by The Silvanus Trust and Timber Strategies and we would like to thank the Forestry Commission for supporting the event.

Feb 25, 2015
Blackdown and East Devon Woodland Association courses and events
Living tree grading and thinning selection course
Managing woodlands for woodfuel and wildlife course
Introduction to Deer management course
Blackdown Hills Woodland Fair
Chainsaw awareness course
Feb 24, 2015

April 24-26: THE NATURAL ROOTS OF RESILIENCE

Hazel Hill Wood, nr Salisbury: led by Alan Heeks and Marcos Frangos

Hazel Hill is a thriving, resilient ecosystem, and this weekend offers a chance to experience and relate this to your own human nature.
Feb 13, 2015
We are very pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Good from Woods website!   www.goodfromwoods.co.uk