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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.

Jun 19, 2015
As a valuable output from the highly successful '3C’s Woodland Workshops – Coppice, Charcoal, Create’ a Learning Pack has been produced by project partners Courage Copse Creatives.
Jun 23, 2015
The Silvanus Trust working in partnership with Courage Copse Creatives won a Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run interactive school workshops in beautiful woodland near Umberleigh.
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

Jan 10, 2014
A 1 day course looking at managing woodlands for the benefit of wildlife and for woodfuel production.
Park Farm, Wellington. TA21 9NP.
19th Feb 2014. 10am - 3.30pm.
Jan 14, 2014
The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) are going to be spending the first three months of 2014 investigating and enhancing the supply of locally sourced woodfuel into the local market.  The work will include detailed free advice for landowners, woodland contractors and firewood merchants over the coming months and will start with a supply-chain meeting on the 7th February.