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.
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.
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