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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.
Feb 3, 2015
We have now moved our office to Mount Edgcumbe House, and our phone number has changed to 01752 651640.
May 1, 2015

Coppice, Charcoal and Creativity Woodland Workshops awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

May 19, 2015
Chris Minty, CEO of the Silvanus Trust has been appointed to the  Devon and Cornwall Committee of CONFOR. Chris is delighted to...
May 21, 2015
Teachers are invited to join free outdoor learning and play taster sessions across Cornwall and in Plymouth this summer.