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Forestry Commission England announces Forest Live 2016 line-up

The Forestry Commission England has announced the line-up of its Forest Live - the summer event that transforms open spaces within English forests into amazing concert arenas.

The 2016 edition will feature performances by: - Jake Bugg; - Tom Jones; - UB40; - James Bay; - Kaiser Chiefs; - Rudimental;- John Newman; - Guy Garvey; - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott; - Simply Red.

Forest Live gigs will take place at seven forest locations across England: - Bedgebury Pinetum; - Cannock Chase Forest; - Dalby Forest; Delamere Forest; - Sherwood Pines Forest; - Thetford Forest; - Westonbirt Arboretum.

Jake Bugg will 'kick off' the series of gigs with a special home show at Sherwood Pines Forest on the 23th of June. 

Forest Live started in 2001 and is now a regular appointment for music and nature lovers. All profits from the concerts are reinvested in the management of English woodlands.

To buy tickets and get more information, click here.


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WWF Furniture and Forests workshop | 30 June 2016 | London

On Thursday 30 June 2016 the WWF’s Furniture and Forests Workshop 'How UK businesses can support better forest futures' will take place at The Crystal exhibition centre in London.

The event will focus on the furniture sector – manufacturing and retail - deepening some key topics like: EUTR, sustainability, responsible sourcing, risk management and  brand reputation.

The WWF workshop will also provide the opportunity to network, share views and experiences and identify common.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BMF) members can reserve a place by the 19th of May 2016 here.

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Wood For Good conference on Innovative Timber Houses | 3 May 2016 | Edinburgh

The first Wood for Good Spring 2016 conference - The Innovative Timber House: The New Architecture of Wood? - will take place on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at the King Khalid Building in Edinburgh.

The conference programme is designed to offer valuable insights to architects, engineers, planners, construction and housing professionals operating in, or supplying to, the Scottish and UK housing markets.

"In the fast changing and highly competitive world of housing design and construction, speed of innovation is increasingly recognised as the only sustainable advantage and one that can be met by the distinctive benefits provided by new timber solutions", say the organisers.

"Demand for new housing throughout the UK is rising inexorably and with it the need for new approaches to housebuilding that also address the funding and land acquisition challenges which, in their interaction, can stimulate urgently needed innovative design and manufacturing solutions. Modern housing design also requires sophisticated responses to changing demographics, continuously rising building standards and the integration of smart technologies as well as answers to environmental concerns and the better utilisation of indigenous resources such as timber."

To register to the event, visit For further information, it is also possible to contact Peter Wilson at [email protected] or 0131 554 8643.

The Innovative Timber House is part of Wood for Good’s Spring 2016 conference programme. Through the course of four one-day events to be held in different parts of the UK during May and June, a series of separate but interconnected housing themes will be explored in detail.

Each one-day conference will investigate the latest developments and innovations in the use of timber products and construction systems and their relationship to other complementary areas of building technology and energy use.

The complete list of Wood for Good workshops is available here.


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BMF Timber Forum 2016 | 10 May 2016 | Woking

On Tuesday 10 May 2016 the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) offices in Woking will host the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Timber Forum 2016.

The Forum programme will cover a wide range of topics concerning timber trade and distribution as well as matters arising and key points from the last meeting held on 1 December 2015 in Coventry.

A preliminary agenda for the meeting includes: - 09.30 Coffee; - 10.00 BMF Timber Forum inc tour of WWF facility; - 13.00 Networking lunch; - 14.00 Close of event. 

The decision to hold the Timber Forum 2016 at the WWF visitor centre - the Living Planet building - intends to highlight the collaboration between the environmental ONG and the BMF to promote responsible forest trade throughout the merchant supply chain.

In February 2016, the BMF joined with the WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network in the UK (GFTN-UK) pledging to work together to develop better industry practices and encourage a commitment to sustainability in the merchant sector.

GFTN-UK will share its expertise and knowledge with BMF members, helping them to exercise due diligence on their supply chains for forest goods. The conservation organisation provides a framework that enables companies to identify and move away from materials coming from unknown or unacceptable sources, towards products from credibly certified forests or recycled sources.

The Timber Forum 2016 is free of charge, and restricted to a maximum of 2 people per organisation. 

Click here to download the booking form or contact [email protected] for more information.

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ICF National Conference 2016: 'The Timber Supply Chain' | 27-28 April 2016 | Newcastle

The Institute of Chartered Foresters will hold its National Conference 2016 - 'The Timber Supply Chain: dynamics and opportunities' - on 27-28 April at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

The event will explore the whole supply chain from species choice to potential future markets. UK and international speakers will cover a wide range of themes including: - Supply and demand forecasts; - Species selection and tree improvement for timber markets; - Processing for value and profit; - Developments in UK construction; - Market opportunities on the horizon; - Adding value to the UK forest resource

The conference programme can be downloaded here.

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