The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is a scheme of support, developed to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England to become more efficient at using resources.  This scheme aims to help make businesses more profitable and resilient whilst reducing the impact […]

EU research project SIMWOOD launched to mobile untapped reserves of timber.         Europe has more than 117 million hectares of forest, but the sustainable utilisation especially in privately owned woods falls short of its potential.  The ever-increasing demand for wood for material and energy applications is becoming more and more difficult to […]

Defra has launched a consultation seeking views on how they should implement the next round of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in England for 2015 to 2020. This consultation will be of interest to farmers, foresters, land managers, rural businesses and those working in the rural economy or with a role in environment management. The […]

The long awaited report Grown in Britain report has been published, to download a copy please go to:

As part of Grown in Britain week TRADA is making its new Wood Information Sheet (WIS) Specifying British-grown timbers free to download until the 31st October 2013. A copy can be downloaded from

Sadly this invaluable resource will close from next week due to lack of suitable funding. Under Angela Pollards guidance, the Network had come a long way in the last eleven years.  Small Woods have ensured that the Woodland Initiatives Register ( and the Woodland Initiatives Network Information System ( will be live until September 2014, […]