1. Are you a nursery or tree supplier for the England Woodland Creation Offer or the Tree Health Pilot?
If so, you now need to be able to demonstrate that you meet the requirements set out in the Plant Health Management Standard.
Suppliers can do this by obtaining Plant Healthy certification (or having formally applied for the certification scheme) or by providing proof that the stock you are supplying has passed a Ready to Plant assessment, conducted by Fera Science Ltd.
If you have any questions about how this works, Fera Science Ltd. is organizing a free online seminar that will provide an overview of the Plant Health and Plant Health Management Standard, as well as the new Plant Ready Assessment. It will also provide detailed guidance on how to complete an application for Ready to Plant.
Two workshops are available: (the two workshops are identical)
Monday 12 September 2022 10: 00-12: 00
Monday 3 October 2022 13: 00-15: 00
Find out more and request a team invitation on the Ready to Plant – Assessment Online Workshop website.
2. Webinar on Sourcing Seeds for Trees of the Future
Sign up for the webinar.
On Tuesday, September 13, the Institute of Chartered Foresters will host a free one-day webinar, Seed Sourcing for Trees of the Future.
Supported by DEFRA and the Forestry Commission, the webinar will provide landowners, managers and foresters with guidance and advice on seed sourcing, a vital but often overlooked part of the tree production and planting process.
Throughout the day, attendees will hear from technical experts, commercial seed suppliers and landowners. Topics covered will include how to effectively manage existing seed sources, identifying and registering new seed stands and planting orchards.
The webinar is in collaboration with the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) and the Small Woods Association (SWA).
When: Tuesday 13 September 2022, 9:00 – 16:45
Registrations are now open.
Sign up for the webinar
3. Are you thinking about forest creation and want to learn more about potential income streams?
Read the Woods Carbon Code and the Sixth Woods Carbon Guarantee Auction.
Growing a forest offers a potential additional income stream from the sale of carbon units from projects registered with the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) or, with the growing demand for net zero supply chains, helping to offset your business with your UK-based emissions. To find out more about how much income can be generated from the sale of carbon units, download the Farming Advice Service (FAS) August online newsletter where an article about the Woodland Carbon Code is included on page six.
You must register your woodland project with the Woodland Carbon Code before planting trees and don’t forget that once registered with the Woodland Carbon Code, now is also the time to apply for the sixth carbon guarantee auction for woods.
Following the online auction process, successful bidders will be offered the option to sell forest carbon units to the government for 30-35 years at a guaranteed, inflation-protected price. The scheme reflects the government’s confidence in the continued growth of forest carbon markets, as landowners will have a revenue stream from selling carbon domestically in the future.
Applications can be submitted for the sixth Forest Carbon Guarantee auction until 11.59pm on Sunday 6 November, before the auction to be held from 21 to 27 November 2022.
Request the Woodland Carbon Guarantee