England’s Community Forests – 2020 Conference

Each year the family of Community Forests in England hold a conference to look at progress and identify future opportunities.

The 2020 Conference is on 26th March at the Birmingham Midland Institute, from 9:30 to 4:00.

In 2020 our annual conference focuses on trees and carbon. With trees in the media almost daily and new targets and aspirations for new woodland creation to lock up carbon as a response to climate change, what is the role of Community Forests in helping to achieve these new targets? What is the role of trees and woodlands in mitigating the likely impacts of climate change? How quickly can we respond to the challenge of a dramatic increase in levels of planting?

We have great speakers and the workshop will undoubtedly be lively as usual.

The conference costs £32.63 (strange number due to fees on the website!), to help cover some of the costs for the day.

Further information about the great list of speakers we have lined up and booking deatails are available from this link: 


We hope you will be able to join us.

With our best wishes for a happy 2020.

The Mersey Forest Team 

Tel. 01925 816217

AGM 2020 – 7th Feb

AGM date will be FRIDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2020 – please put this on your calendar.

New location – Village Hall, Staveley in Cartmel.

There will be Music.

There will be dancing.

There will be food.

There will be a quiz.

There will be a raffle

………..and of course the AGM meeting.

So CANW members, please make sure you attend, bring yourselves, a raffle prize, and some beer, wine or whatever is your tipple of choice.

PS –  Can you please the secretary know if you will be attending so we can cater for numbers accordingly.

Landworkers’ Alliance AGM & Winter Shindig

Landworkers’ Alliance AGM & Winter ShindigFri 22nd Nov – Mon 25th NovCastle Head Field Studies Centre, Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QT https://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/castlehead.aspx

Landworkers’ Alliance are a grassroots organisation supporting small scale farmers, growers and land-based workers on both a practical (education) and political (lobbying and policy making) level across the UK.  
For our AGM and winter weekend party we will; share stories, feast on amazing local food, sample local ales, discuss important political issues relevant to landworkers, undertake workshops, hear storytelling, watch films, make friends, visit local farms & projects and have a cracking dance to fabulous local band Diddley Squat. The ticket includes full board and we have a designated kids space if you would like to bring your children.

Our annual AGM is hosted in a different region each year to try ensure we have a good presence across the UK and to support regional activity at a local level. For us our AGM is our most important event for members every year as it’s a way to bring people together from across the UK, collectively set our work agenda for the following year, organise skill shares, elect our coordinating group, build and strengthen our movement and of course have fun together!   

Tickets and information are available here: https://app.etickets.to/buy/?e=17911

Full weekend tickets are available to Landworkers’ Alliance members only. You can sign up to be a member here: https://landworkersalliance.org.uk/membership-levels/

If you are interested just to find out a bit more about the Landworkers’ Alliance and join us for the Saturday night party, you don’t need to sign up as a member. The Saturday night ticket from 5pm includes debates about the future land-use of the uplands, a delicious feast and knees-up band Diddley Squat.

If you are a supporter member and would like a full weekend ticket, you can sign-up to be on my waiting list and we will let you know nearer the time if there is space.

Please send ticket info on to anyone who might be interested.

If you have any queries please email Helen on helenlandworkersalliance@gmail.com or ring me on 07900648666

Many thanksHelen Starr-Keddle
Events CoordinatorLandworkers’ Alliance
Please note I work Wednesdays and Fridays so may not be able to respond to emails straight away. 

Rusland Horizons on Track

Friday 27 September from 4.30pm

Join us for a special get-together to celebrate the completion of the eight Greenwood Trails and the launch of the Rusland Horizons Trust.

At 4.30 pm we will gather for a modest walk along one of the latest Greenwood Trails, this will then be followed by general frivolity and merriment back at the Grizedale Café from 6.30 pm. There will be a ceremonial ‘handover’ of Rusland Horizons from the Partnership to the new Trust (with the very minimum of speech-making), as well as displays, films and copies of all the Rusland Horizons publications.

More details can be found in the newsletter issued last week, if you have not seen this then please check your spam file as it appears a number of our recent emails have been delivered into this file rather than your inbox.

Alternatively you can find details on the What’s On page of our Website ruslandhorizons.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

From all at Rusland Horizons

Job Opportunity

Mersey Forest Job Opportunity – Community Development

The Mersey Forest has a vacancy for a Community Development Officer. This role is critical for the delivery and development of our Forest Plan ambitions.  


I wonder if you could circulate the link to your networks and anyone you think might be interested?

Paul Nolan

Project Director | The Mersey Forest Team

Tel. 01925 816217

Oak Bark peeling and woodland maintenance – 31st May 2019

You are cordially invited to another Oak Bark peeling day at Moss and Heights Spring Wood, Bouth.Come and join us for a relaxed day to the sound of Oak releasing its tenuous grip to its bark covering.
Great social day and at the end of the day the bark will be gathered and bundled, stored in a dry location ready to be collected for its journey down to the last tannery in the UK that uses oak bark to tan its leather – JF & J Baker in Devon.
During the day, there will also be some remedial work to be done on the Wood – boardwalk repair and some overhang to be cut back along the road.
See you there, 10 am start.

Moss & Heights Springs Wood (MHSW)


Proposed National Coppice Week 2019-we need your input!

So, what is National Coppice Week?
It’s a week of events throughout the UK focusing on coppicing, coppice products and the many benefits of the management of British woodlands by coppicing.

Actually we are proposing 9 days – including two weekends, 12th-20th October, launching at the NCFed weekend Gathering and AGM in Herefordshire on 12th October.
What does it aim to achieve?
To raise the profile of:

  1. Coppicing – what it is and why it’s done
  2. Products of the UK’s coppiced woodland
  3. The benefits of buying local and the problems often associated with imported products, especially charcoal
  4. Habitat and biodiversity benefits associated with coppice management
  5. Coppicing’s heritage

Please see attached document for full explanation of the proposal:

The European Straw Bale Gathering (ESBG) 2019

The European Straw Bale Gathering (ESBG) is a biennial event, which the UK is privileged to be hosting, for the first time, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. ESBG is one of the most important meetings of straw bale builders, professionals and admirers of this natural building method and material. ESBG this year is part of the Interreg funded UP Straw project. In keeping with the aims of UP Straw, we will be demonstrating the wonderful insulation, fuel cost cutting and carbon reduction properties of building with straw to: planners, architects, public authorities, universities, self-builders and communities.

ESBG 2019 is all about…
 Exploring healthy public buildings made from straw
 Raising awareness of the benefits of constructing public buildings from straw
 Highlighting features & benefits of straw bale buildings
 Understanding public procurement, building regulations, green mortgages and
 Inspirational case studies
 Networking for professionals and students in the sector
“Straw is an excellent material for building and insulating new and existing buildings. Straw is CO2 negative because CO2 is stored in straw during growth, widely available, fully recyclable and has a rapid growth cycle,” said Barbara Jones, Director of the School of Natural Building. “Straw is warm in winter and cool for ever!”
Exciting speakers, from many European countries, have already been confirmed, including:
 Chris Magwood, who runs the Endeavour Sustainable Building School in Canada. Chris is a
Designer, Consultant, Researcher, Writer, Teacher and Builder. His books include:

  • Essential Sustainable Home Design (2017)
  • Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction (2016)
  • Essential Hempcrete Construction (2016)
     Glynis Kirkwood-Warren, who was born and raised in Tottenham. Glynis was brought up on sharing, helping and supporting others, so it was no surprise that she would be part of a unique community led project to redevelop a forgotten and unloved local park in one of the
    most deprived and misrepresented areas of London. The successful redevelopment of the park was completed in 2012, but who was going to run the newly built straw bale, timber
  • framed passive house in the middle of the park? Enter Glynis with another ridiculous idea, a
  • band of passionate locals and a learning curve of epic proportions…
  •  Murray Davidson, Environment & Natural Resources Manager Hastings Borough Council,
  • will be talking about public procurement and straw, with the intriguing title: ‘Public
  • procurement of straw bale buildings – a step up or the straw that breaks the camel’s back!’
  •  FIND OUT ABOUT OTHER SPEAKERS HERE: www.esbg2019.org.uk

As well as 3 full days of stimulating talks and workshops, ESBG participants will also have the chance to visit some amazing straw bale buildings in and around West Yorkshire, including:
The Ecology Building Society in Halifax

Event Details
 Dates: Thursday 15 August to Sunday 18 August 2019
 Location: Todmorden Learning Centre, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
 Tickets: Full Conference: £195 to £250. Day Tickets: £70 to £95
 Event Website: http://www.esbg2019.org/tickets/
For more details, ring Eileen Sutherland on 07857 890805 or email her on: eileen@schoolofnaturalbuilding.co.uk

Charcoal Matters

A feature on British charcoal that was on the Channel 4 Jamie and Jimmie’s  Friday Night Feast – View here

Coppice or affiliated Group members are encouraged to share the link with their customers and clients to help promote more awareness and use of our  great British Charcoal.

If you are a charcoal producer, you are asked to register your details on the NcFed Charcoal register via the link below as  they are really pushing to update the NcFed charcoal Producer’s Directory so that it is as comprehensive as possible. – View here