ADDING VALUE TO WOODLAND ASSETS: JOINT CONFERENCE TO BE STAGED FOR GROWN IN BRITAIN WEEK

On 12th October during Grown in Britain Week, a joint conference for landowners on gaining best value from woodland assets will take place at the Blackstock Estate near Hellingly in East Sussex.

Jointly organised by the CLA, the Forestry Commission, and Grown in Britain, the one-day event will provide practical advice ranging from woodland creation and funding options to tree health and commercial markets for forest products.

Speakers include Jacquie Middleton of the RPA who will be focusing on funding opportunities; Jason Beedell, Strutt & Parker on valuing woodland as part of a mixed estate and Portsmouth Water’s Chris Manning, who will be talking about options to improve water quality and integrated catchment management. Guy Nevill of the Birling Estate will be giving a landowner’s perspective and there will also be presentations from the CLA, Forestry Commission, the Wood Heat Association and Grown in Britain.

During the afternoon, a series of practical workshops will be held on tackling tree pests and diseases, timber supply for the Kent Renewable Energy Project and making woodland part of your profit and loss account. There will also be a small exhibition area featuring organisations and businesses involved in woodland and forestry.

CLA South East Regional Director Robin Edwards comments: “Adding value to woodland is an increasingly important issue for landowners, especially in the South East, where a significant proportion remains under-managed. We are delighted to be partnering with the Forestry Commission and Grown in Britain to provide a practical advice-based conference on managing woodland for the best financial and environmental rewards.”

Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver, adds: “This conference, alongside our recent video for on ‘Realising the value of Your Hardwoods’, illustrates the potential for landowners in actively managing their woodlands for environmental and economic benefit.”

The conference is aimed at landowners with woodland not currently in active management, also those considering investing in woodlands or woodland creation, and managers of established woodland. The conference, which is sponsored by Euroforest, will cost £50 per delegate with a special rate of £35 for CLA members and Grown in Britain licence holders. To book a place online go to www.cla.org.uk and search for South East events or call the CLA South East office on 01264 313434.