Woodland Creation Conference

Discover the benefits of creating woodland on your land and how it can contribute to the future economic and environmental sustainability of our region.

Thursday June 21, 2018, 09.30-16.30


Ripley Castle
Harrogate, HG3 3AY

 This event aims to help landowners and those responsible for land management and those working in the woodland and forestry sector to discover the benefits of creating woodland on their land and how it can contribute to the future economic and environmental sustainability of our region.


It will provide an opportunity to explore;

  • Funding Opportunities

  • The UK Carbon Market

  • Markets for UK Timber

  • Flood Management and Woodlands

  • Northern Forest Project

Guest speakers will include;

Carol Douglas
Woodland Officer, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT)

Andrew Heald
Technical Director, Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) (Confor)

David Hetherington
Global Water Research Manager, ARUP Engineering

Stephen Prior
Director, Forest Carbon Ltd

Guy Thompson
Partnership Manager White Rose Forest  and Secretariat to the Yorkshire West Local Nature Partnership

Philip Wilson
Woodland Creation Officer for North East and Yorkshire, Forestry Commission


Woodland creation has a major role in mitigating climate breakdown and as a means of natural flood management. Currently with 13% woodland cover the UK has about one third the European average and with only 10% England is significantly lower than the UK average. At 8%, in the area defined by the Northern Forest Project (NFP), it is lower still.

Initiatives such as plans for a Northern Forest will give a major impetus to addressing this need but what more do we need to do if we are to reach the Government’s target of 12% woodland cover in England by 2060 and achieve 50 million trees planted for the Northern Forest Project (NFP) over a 25-year period?


Come and find out!


Tickets are priced at £25 per delegate, which includes refreshments and lunch.

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