Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to our July 2021 newsletter.
The new Welsh Government has certainly hit the ground running with the Lee Waters MS Deep Dive into Trees and Timber
. The resultant action plan and statement
in the Senedd give plenty of cause for optimism. See my article below for a short summary.
The success of our timber frame manufacturer group has inspired us to set up further communities of practice
. We now have a designer group led by architects exploring the design community response to the climate emergency and the use of timber. We have held the first meeting of the housing association development group where there is a strong commitment to share knowledge to accelerate learning. Our small timber processor community is also starting to gather momentum. There are about 50 small companies
all over Wales that have a huge amount to offer the Welsh forest nation agenda, but they largely fly beneath the radar. A key concern of this community is access to timber, a topic we'll be working on. If you’d like to join any of these groups then please contact us
In this newsletter you will find:
- New research on the climate change mitigation potential of conifer forests recently published in Nature Communications. The policy implications of the findings have been shared with decision makers across the UK. The work was conducted by Bangor University and sponsored by Woodknowledge Wales.
- Climate change is already impacting on forestry and timber supply in hard to predict ways, not least on the future suitability of different tree species. We collaborated with Bangor University and a wider stakeholder group to explore potential alternative species for the UK.
- Given that we want farmers and other landowners to plant trees, we felt it was important to make the economic aspects of conifer tree planting more accessible. We collaborated with Bangor University to develop a series of guidance notes.
- We’ve got a fantastic new podcast for you. It’s a little long at 90 minutes but we felt it was so good and informative we didn’t want to cut it down.
After the summer break we will be launching our autumn webinar programme of events and masterclasses to inspire and share knowledge. One particular highlight will be new guidance on how housing associations can successfully procure for Net Zero Whole Life Carbon outcomes and importantly, get what they intended.
Finally, I’d like to welcome Arfon Timber
, Benfield Timber Buildings
, Celtic Offsite
, Hammond Architectural
and Willow Joinery
as new members. The alliance for change continues to grow!
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd