LEADING forestry management company Tilhill has announced the latest in a series of free webinars, which will focus on exploring the new funding offer for woodland creation in England.

The webinar, which takes place on Tuesday 22 June at 11 am, will guide farmers, landowners and investors through the process of planting trees on their unproductive or unused land for income, conservation, environmental, and carbon-related opportunities.

David Edwards, Tilhill forestry director, longstanding fellow and former president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), will chair the event, which will discuss:

  • Making an income from trees by utilising currently unproductive land
  • The grants available
  • Biodiversity, water & productivity
  • Multi-benefit woodlands/alternative species
  • Designing a potential scheme
  • Carbon incentives

READ MORE: How you can help tackle tree destruction caused by grey squirrels

Simon Marrington, Tilhill’s area manager in north and central England, will lead attendees though a live in-depth interview with an England-based estate manager to explore the process and outcomes of a well-managed estate and its environmental, economic and social opportunities and outcomes for farmers and landowners.

Julian Ohlsen, a most experienced forester and regional manager for southern England has spent 42 years within forestry in the UK and around the world. He is a member of the ICF and a broadleaf woodland owner. Julian will discuss the new funding offer and what it means for the designing of potential woodland creation schemes and the opportunities for farmers and landowners to unlock income from future timber, carbon and the wider biodiversity, water productivity and conservation efforts.

On announcing the new webinar for England, Julian said: “Seeing forestry at the heart of Government policy recently is fantastic. As foresters, we have always known of the multiple benefits that trees, woodlands and forests can provide and our new webinar ‘Creating Woodlands for Cash, Carbon & Conservation in England’ will bring the knowledge and confidence to farmers and landowners to plant trees on their unproductive land.

“We have the trees; our spades are ready. Now working with improved grant support and focused encouragement, we can help build woodlands for future generations.”

The open Q&A session and panel will include David McCulloch, head of CarbonStore, which provides the vital link to unite landowners looking to sell their woodland carbon units with companies keen to offset their carbon emissions. David will be on hand to answer any carbon-related questions.

Book your place at the free webinar here.

Forestry Journal remains dedicated to bringing you all the latest news and views from across our industry, plus up-to-date information on the impacts of COVID-19.

Please support us by subscribing to our print edition, delivered direct to your door, from as little at £75 for 1 year – or consider a digital subscription from just £1 for 3 months.

To arrange, follow this link: https://www.forestryjournal.co.uk/subscribe/

Thanks – and stay safe.