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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.


Apr 22, 2014
The national Wood Awards - the UK’s premier award scheme recognising excellence in timber architecture and furniture - is now open for entries. Co-sponsored by TRADA, the Awards are free to enter and the closing deadline is 16th May.
Apr 22, 2014
The Sylva Foundation are delighted to announce that they have struck a deal to provide users of myForest with discounted membership rates for the Small Woods Association and Royal Forestry Society.
Apr 23, 2014

With assistance from the Silvanus Trust, “St Issey in Bloom” is delighted to have been selected, to receive a £300 grant from Western Power Distribution to purchase shrubs and trees for our village.

Mar 13, 2014

SilviFuture is a new network established to promote and share knowledge about novel forest species across Britain.  The network webiste now features an introductory video to demonstrate the use of the site.

Mar 11, 2014
Plantlife and the British Lichen Society are inviting aplciations to join their their apprenticeship scheme on lichens in Atlantic woodlands.
Mar 10, 2014
What: A chainsaw Safety Awareness day, for owners and users already working with Chain saws
When: 17th May 9.30am - 4pm
Where: Park Farm, Wellington, TA21 9NP