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Welcome to the Norfolk Forest Education Network website.

At a meeting on 21st March 2015 the group voted to merge with Norfolk Forest School Association. 

Contact the Norfolk Forest School Association via https://sites.google.com/site/fsanorfolk/home 

For information on the National Forest Education Network go to  www.lotc.org.uk/fen/  

Free trees, stakes, guards, tool hire, and help planting

posted 9 Sep 2014, 09:25 by Norfolk Forest Network

Thanks to funding from DEFRA's "The Big Tree Plant" scheme, we are able to offer free trees, and all you need to plant them, to local communities across East Anglia, for one last time.  If you know of a site which would benefit from having some trees planted, we can supply everything else:

- the trees themselves - most native species available, supplied as 'whips' (small seedlings)

- canes or stakes and guards (solid or spiral plastic tubes) to protect them when they are young and vulnerable

- depending on your location and when you want to plant the trees, we may be able to offer to lend you spades and other hand tools, or even some volunteers to help you plant them!

If you think you might be interested in planting trees this autumn / winter, please contact me, first come first served -  please note that this is the last year of the scheme.  The total number of trees available is limited so we may not be able to give you all the trees you want.  When you contact me I will then discuss your plans with you, to make sure that your site is suitable, and that we can provide the most appropriate trees.  You will also need to produce evidence of landowner permission to plant before the trees are finally delivered to you, and collect a few pieces of evidence (including numbers of people involved in the planting, and some photos) on the day(s) when you plant the trees.

FAQs

Who can apply?  Applications from anyone responsible for managing a suitable site are welcome - the application can be from individuals, local government, community groups, schools, etc, as long as there is some public acccess to / use of the land.

Can I plant a hedge under this scheme?  No, the trees must be allowed to grow to maturity.  Field edge tree planting is welcome though, as are linear shelter belts.

Can I apply for next winter?  No, this is the final year of the scheme, all planting must be completed by mid-February 2015.

For more information or to apply for trees, please contact;

Mark Webster
Norfolk Health Projects Officer
M 07843 069 567
The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV)
TCV, Royal Oak Court, Horns Lane, Norwich, NR1 3ER.
www.tcv.org.uk/Norfolk
 

What do you want from NFEN? A short survey

posted 9 Jul 2014, 00:17 by Norfolk Forest Network

As discussed at the last Norfolk Forest Education Network meeting, and listed in the minutes, it was agreed to send out a short survey to firstly find out what people were hoping to get from, or contribute to, the network, and secondly to expand awareness of the network and potentially attract new members.

Please complete the survey at;

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2G9HJWZ

Please do feel free to circulate to others (members or non-members) that may be interested.

East England Forest District questionnaire and workshop: Influencing the Future of Forestry

posted 6 May 2014, 10:38 by Norfolk Forest Network

The workshop is for stakeholders in the Public Forest Estate (PFE) and will take place on the 14th of May 2014 at the Thames Chase Forest Centre.

 The aim of the workshop is to shape mechanisms of stakeholder engagement to be tested through a pilot project (Harnessing the Energy of the Community) this year.  Lessons learnt will provide a way forward to support stakeholders to feed into a decision making process and work alongside the Forestry Commission's Forest Enterprise in managing the PFE.

Please RSVP by the 7th of May

The workshop will be supported by feedback from an online questionnaire that is running up until the 9th of May.  If you would like to respond to the questionnaire please click on the link below.

Influencing the Future of Forestry Questionnaire

(If you have trouble with the questionnaire link you can also type "forestry commission influencing the future of forestry" into Google and the questionnaire will come up as the first option)

 Background Information

The Forestry Commission manages the Public Forest Estate (PFE) for the Government and holds it in trust for the nation. In 2011 the Government signalled an intention to sell off a significant proportion of the PFE and, in response, many community groups and stakeholders campaigned for the PFE to stay in public ownership. The campaign was successful and in January 2013 the Government’s Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement made a number of commitments to support the future of forests in England. One of the most important was that the PFE in England would remain in public ownership.

The pilot project - Harnessing the Energy of the Community is in recognition of the effort and support from stakeholders and campaign groups, and in response to the direction set within the Government Forestry and Woodland Policy Statement. The pilot will test ways of engaging stakeholders in the East of England Forest District, to find a way forward to provide a way to feed into the decision making processes and work alongside the Forestry Commission in managing the PFE.

Forestry Commission England announces results of national tender for learning providers

posted 17 Apr 2014, 09:39 by Norfolk Forest Network   [ updated 17 Apr 2014, 09:41 ]

Forestry Commission England has announced that it will be working in partnership with three organisations to deliver its national learning strategy at nine locations across England.

SFA, a community interest company formed by two renowned environmental education providers – Schola Foris and Archimedes – will offer learning opportunities and events for schools, families and groups at Cardinham Forest in Cornwall, Dean Forest Park in Gloucestershire, Bedgebury Forest in Kent, West Walk in Hampshire, Chambers Farm Wood in Lincolnshire, Hicks Lodge in Leicestershire and Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire.

In addition, a local company called A Touch of the Wild will expand and develop the learning business that they have built at Haldon Forest, Exeter over the past few years, in order to offer a wider variety of opportunities to a range of learners.

Another existing provider, OASES, was successful in acquiring a longer term licence for Hamsterley Forest in County Durham and will continue to work closely with local schools, as well as developing additional learning activities for families and other groups.
 
Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/england-learning to find out more about learning in Forestry Commission England woods and forests

50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4...

posted 7 Oct 2013, 03:39 by Norfolk Forest Network

The National Trust is helping children and families explore the outdoors with their 50 things... campaign, which will continue for the next three years.  Lots of ideas and activities - you can get a free 50things scrapbook from your local NT property.

https://www.50things.org.uk/

Free Trees!

posted 4 Oct 2013, 01:06 by Norfolk Forest Network

Thanks to funding from DEFRA's "The Big Tree Plant" scheme, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) are able to offer free trees and all you need to plant them, to local communities across East Anglia.  If you know of a site which would benefit from having some trees planted, they can supply everything else:

  • the trees themselves - most native species available, or fruit trees in limited numbers
  • canes and guards to protect them when they are young and vulnerable
  • depending on your location and when you want to plant the trees, they may be able to offer to lend you spades and other hand tools or even some volunteers to help you plant them!

 If you think you might be interested, please contact Mark Webster. Trees are available on a first come first served basis.  The total number of trees available is limited so they may not be able to give you all the trees you want this winter but more will be available from autumn 2014. 

 The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV)

TCV, Royal Oak Court, Horns Lane, Norwich, NR1 3ER.

http://www.tcv.org.uk/norfolk

OPAL Tree Health Survey

posted 8 May 2013, 06:37 by Norfolk Forest Network

In May 2013, OPAL will launch its seventh survey focusing on the health of the trees in your local environment.

Trees are a vital and much-loved part of all our lives, bringing nature to our doorstep in urban areas, supporting the rural economy, providing food and habitats for wildlife, and helping to combat climate change.

However, our trees are under threat. The number of pests and diseases attacking trees in the UK has increased in the last few years
 
Visit http://www.opalexplorenature.org/tree-survey-preview to order your free survey packs.

Grants for Planting Trees from The Tree Council

posted 14 Mar 2013, 02:49 by Norfolk Forest Network

The lead tree campaigning charity working to promote the importance of trees within the changing environment, has announced that its Trees for Communities and Trees for Schools grant making programmes are now open for applications. Funds are available for schools and community groups within the UK who are able to show that children under the age of 16 will be actively engaged in tree planting projects during National Tree Week 2013 (23rd November to 1st December 2013).  The Tree Council can fund projects between £100 and £700 and successful applicants will receive up to 75% towards their planting costs.

 

The closing date for applications is the 30th April 2013.

 

Read more at: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/grants

Forestry Review Panel update

posted 6 Feb 2013, 07:51 by Norfolk Forest Network

Government Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement

On 31 January 2013 the Government published its Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement. This includes its response to the Independent Panel on Forestry’s final report, published in July 2012.
 

Norfolk Forest School Conference

posted 17 Jan 2013, 05:50 by Norfolk Forest Network

A day to celebrate Norfolk Forest School practice is to be held at Holt Hall Environmental and Outdoor Learning Centre on 7th May 2013
Go to the link from our 'Events' page for details and to book a place

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