Yorkshire and North East England, UK

SIMWOOD activities

Regional contacts

Forestry Commission Research Agency
Gary Kerr ()

Small Woods Association LBG
Ian Baker ()

Rural Development Initiatives Ltd
Will Richardson ()


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


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


Exhibition at Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate


Presentation to National Wood Heat Conference, Newcastle


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


Exhibition at Northumberland Forestry and Firewood Fair


SIMWOOD presentation to Northwoods and Yorwoods Steering Group


Regional news


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


Mobilising the Timber Resource
Forestry Journal 06/16



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

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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.