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Woodknowledge Wales

April 2020 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our April 2020 newsletter. There is no getting away from mentioning coronavirus, it is already having a profound impact on all our lives and businesses. At Woodknowledge Wales we continue to work. In particular we are focusing on the radical changes that need to be made to our economy and supply chains going forward. When we eventually emerge from this health emergency we need to be ready with ideas for kick-starting the low carbon economy. This can be achieved in part through a massive shift to timber construction fed from high-value Welsh manufacturing using, when possible, timber from a rapidly expanding Welsh forest resource.
The government of France is set to require all new public buildings to be made of at least 50% wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for greater sustainability in urban development.  Hopefully we will see similar positive initiatives in the future in Wales. But first we need to convince regulators that a simplistic focus on ‘combustibility’ is not the way to prevent another Grenfell Tragedy. But that's a subject for another day. 
In this newsletter, we explore: Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to new member Tai Tarian
Gary Newman
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd


Welsh Forestry - where do we go from here?  

Probably the most intensely debated questions at our 2019 BIG Debate during WoodBUILD circled around forestry and land use, and how to move the agenda for a high value forest nation forward in the current system. We caught up with Jon Travis, Welsh Government; Dominic Driver, Head of Land Stewardship at NRW; and Anthony Geddes, Confor National Manager for Wales on most important developments and future plans. Read more here.

Deforestation and Forest Management - a brief history

Deforestation and the need for sustainable forest management techniques take their roots in earliest human development. Dainis Dauksta presents a brief history from axe and lightning to high-tech solutions bred in Silicon Valley. Read more here.

Coast Redwood Groves in Wales – a planting solution in a changing climate?  

As plans for a National Forest 'running the length and breath of Wales' are unveiled we discuss one species that could be part of that planting mix . Read more here.

NRW becomes member of WKW.

I’m really pleased we’ve joined Woodknowledge Wales.  We need their drive and creativity to help all of us to get the best out of Welsh woods and the Welsh timber industry to respond to the climate emergency ” Dominic Driver, Head of Land Stewardship, Natural Resources Wales.. Read more here.

Home-Grown Homes Project Updates

Background Project Information Here

Building Performance - how good are the new homes we are building? 

Live testing of common and newly developed building performance testing methods at a development in Swansea and discussing possibilities to test the buildability of our proposed zero carbon build solution with manufacturers. These are just two things we've achieved over the last few weeks. Find more information of what we've been up to with the Home-Grown Homes Project here

Creating value for communities through woodland expansion
by Graham Hilton, Coed Cymru.

From the UK Climate Change Commission (UKCCC) right to the US leading climate change deniers, the benefits of planting trees are now being promoted. Far from being the single silver bullet to solve the climate and biodiversity crisis, considerate woodland expansion can create value for farming communities and help mitigate impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. Read more here.

New funding for Welsh window supply chain  

Funding has been secured to continue work started on the Home-Grown Homes Project. The new programme is to develop and implement a set of standard windows specifications for social housing that will be third party certified. Contact for more information.


WoodBUILD 2020 - UP DATE!

WoodBUILD 2020 is still going ahead, but not in the same format as previous years. Like many other events we are looking at on line options. More details in due course. 



Tai Tarian

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