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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.


Jan 4, 2013
What: An interesting and informative walk providing opportunities to talk to tree and woodland experts.
Where: Willet Hill, Somerset
When: Friday 18th Jan 2013. 9am - 12.30pm.
Jan 10, 2014
A 1 day course looking at managing woodlands for the benefit of wildlife and for woodfuel production.
Park Farm, Wellington. TA21 9NP.
19th Feb 2014. 10am - 3.30pm.
Jan 11, 2013
What: Practical horse logging taster session
When: 21st March 2013. 10am - 3.30pm
Where: Park Farm, Wellington, Somerset. TA21 9NP
Jan 7, 2013
Defra is seeking views on the proposed regulations for implementing the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) in the UK.
Jan 11, 2013
What: 1 day course in managing woodlands for woodfuel & wildlife
Where: Park Farm, Wellington, Somerset. TA21 9NP.
When: 20th February 2013 10am - 3.30pm.
Jan 14, 2014
The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) are going to be spending the first three months of 2014 investigating and enhancing the supply of locally sourced woodfuel into the local market.  The work will include detailed free advice for landowners, woodland contractors and firewood merchants over the coming months and will start with a supply-chain meeting on the 7th February.