Resources from Sylva Foundation

Bringing Children Closer to Nature Report 2019

A public online survey, called Bringing Children Closer to Nature, was run in late 2018 and promoted to educational practitioners, both School and Non-school, and also to Woodland owners.


Young People Education Strategy 2018-21

Our Young People Education Strategy focusses on young people aged 3-11 years at national, regional and local levels.


Community Engagement Guide

This guide will help you communicate the benefits of woodland management to the wider public.

This guide was co-authored by Sylva Foundation and Lantern (UK) Ltd.


Community Engagement Poster

Designed to visually communicate the benefits of woodland management to the public.

The poster has space to allow you to fill in your own details should you wish.

Use this poster on your forest gate or at entry points to your woodland.

Community Engagement Leaflet

When you are working in the woods, having information to hand to give to interested woodland users can be helpful.

Download and print this leaflet "Why carry out work in a woodland".

There is space on the back page to add your contact details if required.

Timber Production from British Woodlands

This guide has been developed to introduce timber production in British woodlands to owners and managers. The guide provides information on estimating sustainable harvest volumes, timber uses for each species and a species key to help identify forest species.

Other Resources

Selling your hardwood trees

category: Markets and Marketing

A video designed for people with no particular expertise in woodland management for timber harvesting and selling. It includes guidance on how to plan, value and sell your trees and what to look for that might impact the price you are paid.

Watch the video here

Example Management Plans

category: Sustainable Forest Management - Guides and Standards

Forestry Commission England have released a series of example management plans which may help you in developing your own management plan in myForest. myForest uses both Forestry Commission England and Scotland's management planning templates.

Creating UK Forestry Standard Management Plans

category: Sustainable Forest Management - Guides and Standards

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) have released a series of videos highlighting the benefits of creating a UKFS compliant Management Plan. To view the videos click here and search the ICF's You Tube channel.

Stakeholder Engagement for Management Planning

category: Practical Guidance

Forestry Commission England have produced an Operations Note that provides guidance to land managers preparing woodland management plans on the extent of stakeholder engagement they should undertake before submitting their plan for approval by the FC.

Operations Note 35.

Operational Site Assessment

category: Practical Guidance

Forestry Commission England have produced a useful document for helping to ensure that you consider all the features of your woodland before carrying out any operations. Going through this form will help protect wildlife and other resources vital to the health of your woodland. It will also help you to fulfill legal requirements.

Operations Site Assessment

Countryside Stewardship - England

category: Grants

Countryside Stewardship (CS) provides financial incentives for land managers to look after their environment through activities such as:

  • conserving and restoring wildlife habitats
  • flood risk management
  • woodland creation and management
  • reducing widespread water pollution from agriculture
  • keeping the character of the countryside
  • preserving features important to the history of the rural landscape
  • encouraging educational access

The scheme is:

  • open to all eligible farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers
  • suitable for many types of land use (eg conventional and organic farmland, coastal areas, uplands and woodlands)
  • competitive
  • scored against local priority targets to maximise environmental benefit

Forestry Grant Scheme - Scotland

category: Grants

The Forestry Grant Scheme supports new woodland creation and sustainable management of existing woodlands, through eight category grants from the Scottish Rural Development Plan.

Micro guide to surveying for bats in trees and woodland - An introduction to BS 8596 for non-specialists

category: Biodiversity

Involved in the management of woodland or the maintenance of trees? If you are, you should be aware that bats and their roosts are legally protected and consider how this affects your operations.

So that you can take appropriate steps to prevent the disturbance of bats or damage and destruction of roosts, you will need to survey your trees and know what to look for that indicates the presence of bats and their roosts. This micro guide is designed to help non-specialists undertake surveys for bats, whether in individual trees, small copses, woodland or forest. These could be trees in gardens and urban settings, within a farmed landscape, or in parkland. In woodlands, the surveys might support forestry management or conservation projects. This micro guide does not cover development, for which a specialist survey is necessary. Guidance on specialist surveys is given in BS 8596.

Download Micro Guide

Biomass Energy Centre

category: Woodfuel

The Biomass Energy Centre is the UK government information centre for the use of biomass for energy in the UK.

RSPB - Forests and Birds

category: Biodiversity

This is a guide to managing forests for rare birds, produced by the RSPB and Forestry Commission.

Woodland management for Bats

category: Biodiversity

This good practice guide aims to strike a balance between the needs of bats and the diverse objectives of woodland managers.

Woodland management for butterflies and moths

category: Biodiversity

This guide, provided by Butterfly Conservation, is intended for anyone involved in the management of woodland. It provides guidance on the woodland habitat features needed by butterflies and moths, and how to create, maintain and improve them.

European Protected Species

category: Biodiversity

Forestry Commission England's guidance to Safeguarding European Protected Species. This is vital reading for all woodland owners and managers.

Wooded Landscapes Identification Toolkit

category: Archaeology

This Toolkit will help you to identify some of the archaeological features you might find in a wooded landscape.

The features are divided up into sections by the way that they look now. Find the section which most closely matches the description of the feature and follow the flowchart down the page until you reach a possible identification.

Always remember that the feature may have been constructed or formed in a very different landscape to the one you see today, perhaps in open fields or heathland.

South East Woodland Archaeology Forum

category: Archaeology

The South East Woodland Archaeology Forum provide lots of useful information and help about woodland archaeology in Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Some of the generic woodland archaeology information will be useful to woodland owners and managers throughout the country.

Lichens and Bryophytes of Atlantic Woodland in South West England

category: Biodiversity

Small Woods Marketing GuideThe Atlantic woodlands of South West England are internationally important for their rich lichen and bryophyte communities. Due to their global conservation significance, many sites are Important Plant Areas (IPAs) and designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) or Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), and a number of the species they support are listed on Section 41 1 . Yet, despite their international importance, Atlantic woodlands face a number of threats ranging from site-specific issues such as increasing shade and a loss of grazing, to wider problems such as climate change, atmospheric pollution and tree disease; favourable management and monitoring is essential to their conservation.

Written for landowners and land managers of Atlantic woodlands, this publication will help to:

• Raise awareness of important lichen and bryophyte species and communities and the key conservation issues that can be managed for

• Provide a framework for assessing a site's interest for lichens and bryophytes and identifying priority areas for management

• Provide a framework for planning effective habitat management for lichens and bryophytes in and around Atlantic woodlands

• Provide management guidance and advice for deciding on appropriate management for different scenarios, to address a range of issues and threats

Download the guide here

A Marketing Guide for Owners of Small Woodlands

category: Markets and Marketing

Very clear and straightforward guide from Small Woods Association looking at different methods for marketing your timber.

Download the guide here