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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.

Sep 1, 2014
An updated version of the Silvanus Trust's 'A Guide to Tree Planting and After Care' is now available ready for the approaching 2014 planting season.
Aug 14, 2014
What: FREE Family Woodland Day celebrating woodland culture from a time gone by
Where: Old Town Park Local Nature Reserve, Okehampton, Devon
When: Saturday 6th Septmber 2014, 11am - 2pm
Aug 7, 2014
Bespoke training is available for farmers, foresters and those working in the forestry industry.  Training is 70% funded by RDPE, and available until March 2015.
Jul 15, 2014
The National Coppice Federation website is now live -
Jul 8, 2014
What: A 2 day course in continuous cover forestry management
Where: Stourhead Estate & Rushmore Estate
When: 29th-30th October 2014
Jun 30, 2014
The benefits of using working horses to extract timber from steep valley sided woodlands were recently demonstrated to a group of 28 participants at a woodland event organised by the Silvanus Trust near Umberleigh.