New Space and Face for Forest School Wales!

Please note the Forest School Wales office is based in the new Forestry Hub in Machynlleth:

New address and telephone number, same email:

Forest School Wales
Unit 6
Dyfi Eco-Park
Machynlleth   SY20 8AX

Email:  info@forestschoolwales.org.uk

Tel: 0845 4560342

Our admin assistant Barbara Haddrill will be in the office on Thursdays, but as there is a switchboard, please ring anytime or send an email and she will get back to you asap.

See below for photos and more information about the people and groups involved in the new Forestry Hub.

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In October Hazel Wildwood handed over her badges of office to our new admin assistant Barbara Haddrill. Trustees presented Hazel with a small Witchhazel (Hamamelis Mollis), in thanks for her all hard work supporting FSW and members for the past four years.

Hazel will be concentrating on her own tree business and a local community tree nursery project, and hopes to be able to offer training for members of FSW in 2011. We all wish her the best of luck.

We also said a sad goodbye to Caswell Bay.
YGC/FSW is very grateful to Swansea City Council and Forest School SNPT for hosting FSW for nearly a decade.

The Forest School Wales office is now located in the Dyfi Eco Park in Machynlleth, where a Forestry Hub has recently been established by Forestry Commission Wales and the Wales Forest Business Partnership in order to boost partnership working between organisations working in Welsh woodlands.

We are very grateful to Frankie Owen of the Wales Forest Business Partnership and Barbara Anglezarke of FCW for supporting FSW to make this move.

Barbara Haddrill has been with FSW since October 2010.  When she is not working for FSW, Barbara and her horses Tyler and Billy, provide low carbon countryside maintenance muscle, moving logs and bashing bracken. Barbara also works to promote her book ~ Babs to Brisbane ~ which recounts her experiences of travelling to Australia to be a bridesmaid without using aeroplanes, to raise awareness about the effect of air travel on climate change.

Our New Home

The newly established Forestry Hub in the Dyfi Eco Park, Machynlleth brings together in a single office base a range of organisations, from community woodland groups to commercial forest industry organisations.
The Wales Forest Business Partnership’s office has been transformed into the new hub and in addition to Forest School Wales, staff from Coed Lleol, Llais y Goedwig and the Dyfi Woodland Group have already moved into their new base, and will be joined by Wood Fuel Wales and Wood Source Wales over the coming weeks.

The Wales Forest Business Partnership has welcomed the creation of the forestry hub. Partnership Manager Frankie Owen said, “At a number of our recent events, one of the most striking conclusions was that all parties face the challenge of how to better share the knowledge and experience that exists within the timber sector. We expect the new forestry hub will be one more step in making those connections, helping to improve competitiveness of businesses and the sector.”

Barbara Anglezarke, Forestry Commission Wales’s Policy and Programme Manager, said, “A key outcome of the Woodlands for Wales strategy is that people understand the huge range of benefits that woodlands can offer, and that the forestry sector becomes better integrated and more competitive, thus supporting the Welsh economy.
Having such a range of organisations working from the forestry hub will lead to a better understanding of opportunities, co-operative working and shared initiatives within the sector. In addition, overheads for all the organisations will be reduced so that more resources can be used to deliver activities.”

In addition to “hot desks” the forestry hub will also contain a meeting room, and office space for Forestry Commission Wales staff. [/stextbox]