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Yorkshire and North East England, UK

SIMWOOD activities

Regional contacts

Forestry Commission Research Agency
Gary Kerr ()

Small Woods
Ian Baker ()

Northwoods
Andrew Kitching ()

 

 

Focus on Yorkshire and NE England

Read the feature in SIMWOOD's December 2015 newsletter

Find out about:

  • SIMWOOD's work in the region
  • the Regional Learning Lab
  • the two pilot projects

 

Events and presentations

07.03.2017

Making Woodlands Work, Woodfuel Barn, High Spen, Tyne and Wear

07.2015

Exhibition at Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate

20.11.2014

Presentation to National Wood Heat Conference, Newcastle

23.10.2014

SIMWOOD Forestry Sector Stakeholder meeting, Teesside University- Darlington Campus
More information

27.09.2014

Exhibition at Northumberland Forestry and Firewood Fair

05.03.2014

SIMWOOD presentation to Northwoods and Yorwoods Steering Group

 

Regional news

04.2017

Making Woodlands Work in Yorkshire and the North East
Bark - News and Views from Forestry Commission England

06.2016

Mobilising the Timber Resource
Forestry Journal 06/16

12.2015

 

Read about SIMWOOD's promotion at the Great Yorkshire Show in July 2015.

 

About Yorkshire and NE England

Area: 20,495 km2
Population: 6.6 million
Forest area: 203,900 ha
Private forests: 127,600 ha (63% of total)
Private forest owners: many hundred
Forest type: oak-birch forest; ash-oak forest; non-native plantations

Specific situation

  • Interesting contrast in ownership between Yorkshire (78% privately owned forests) and NE England where it is much lower (49%).
  • Many privately owned forests are broadleaved, small, diverse and overstocked because of limited or no thinning activity for many decades.
  • Forests are not yet managed to provide any forest functions, although they are used for production (wood, woodfuel), recreation, biodiversity, protection of water supplies.

Main challenges

  • Fragmented ownership, lack of professional organisation of forest owners.
  • Methods of harvesting and extraction at a range of scales, primarily small scale to identify most economic and environmentally benign methods.

 

 

Regional initiatives

Small Woods
Scottish Forest & Timber Technologies
Landskills - North East
bioeNErgy
BEn
NULogs

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613762.