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.
A busy Saturday afternoon in January saw volunteers set about planting a new community orchard.
20 members of the Friends of Par Beach, near St Austell, plus several dogs gathered recently at the western end of the local nature reserve, for a tree planting session in the Orchid Meadow.
As we welcome the New Year, we sadly say a fond farewell to Rachel Thomas CBE, who stepped down as Chair of the Silvanus’ Board.
Managing Woodland for Wildlife & Woodfuel
18th Feb 15 10am - 3.30pm
Tree Health & Grading
18th March 15 10am - 3.30pm
Park Farm, Wellington, Somerset