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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.


Feb 3, 2015
We have now moved our office to Mount Edgcumbe House, and our phone number has changed to 01752 651640.
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.
Jan 24, 2014
Villagers in West Down near Ilfracombe had a boost to their natural landscape at the end of 2013, with a grant from Western Power Distribution and advice from the Silvanus Trust to plant trees and shrubs in the recreation ground.