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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.


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!).
Dec 16, 2014

From the beginning of 2015, a variety of new grants will be rolled out for the benefit of woodland management, woodland creation and capital investment into forestry based businesses. This page is intended as a resource for those with a potential interest in expansion within the coming round of grant funding. As new details regarding each funding stream are released, they will be posted here for your reference.

Dec 9, 2014

Saturday 17th Jan. 9am - 4.30pm. Woolaston, Gloucestershire

A workshop event for small woodland owners/managers, forestry sector businesses and those with an active interest in woodlands social enterprise.

Dec 9, 2014

Keen volunteers gathered on the 23rd November to give the Treloggan area of Newquay a new lease of life.

Dec 9, 2014

ST MARY'S Catholic Primary School's gardening club now has a number of trees to nurture after they were donated by the Silvanus Trust and funded by Western Power Distribution.

Dec 4, 2014
The Trust, working in partnership with Timber Strategies and the SW Energy centre, are organising a Building with Wood workshop at the South West Energy Centre on Tuesday 11 February 2015.