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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 29, 2015
"In 2015 the Whiterock Residents Association celebrates its 10th anniversary and to mark the occasion a group of residents were joined by Cllr Tony Rush, Mayor of Wadebridge, and other members of the Wadebridge Town Council at an informal tree planting event in Coronation Park and Coronation Park woodlands in Wadebridge."
Jan 29, 2015

A busy Saturday afternoon in January saw volunteers set about planting a new community orchard.

Jan 27, 2015

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.

Jan 7, 2015

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.

Jan 7, 2015

Managing Woodland for Wildlife & Woodfuel
18th Feb 15 10am - 3.30pm

Tree Health & Grading
18th March 15 10am - 3.30pm

Park Farm, Wellington, Somerset

Dec 16, 2014
The Silvanus Trust enjoyed a fantastic weekend at the Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre in Cornwall.  Visitors to the Fayre got their hands dirty planting Christmas trees to take home with them (or took one we planted earlier!).