Help shape the future of forestry

Take part in the British Woodlands Survey 2017

Devolution, pests & pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change, societal attitudes . . . just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands, those who care for them, and those who rely on their products and services. Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part in Britain’s only dedicated national survey about our woodlands and forestry: the British Woodlands Survey 2017.

The last BWS, which focussed on environmental change, represented 11% of all privately-owned forest land in Britain with thousands of stakeholders taking part. This year we are asking questions around priority themes already suggested by hundreds of stakeholders, plus themes of specific interest to England, Scotland and Wales.

BWS has a proven record of accomplishment influencing decision-making, and helping to develop policy. If you are a woodland owner or manager, agent, professional forester or forestry/wood business, please take part and help shape the future of forestry.

Take the survey:

We developed the British Woodlands Survey to provide a voice to the thousands of woodland owners and forestry professionals in Britain, with the aim of influencing the development of policy, practice and research which is fit-for-purpose.
Dr Gabriel Hemery, Chief Executive, Sylva Foundation

The British Woodlands Survey (BWS) is a series of surveys undertaken to gather evidence about the nations’ woodlands and those who care for them. BWS is co-ordinated by the Sylva Foundation with support from multiple partners across the forestry sector. The first BWS was conducted in 2012, intended as a baseline against which data from future major surveys can be compared. BWS2012 itself built upon an important series of surveys undertaken by the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge since 1963. Read more:


Woodland Interns 2017

Small Woods Association are providing an opportunity to gain experience within the woodland and greenwood craft sector for volunteer woodland interns.

May 2017

Rolling program – 6 week blocks.

November 2017.

No direct experience required but would have volunteered or trained in a related discipline.
Keen to learn and gain experience within the woodland and Green wood craft sector.

Work program:
Woodland Interns will work 4 days a week which may include weekends and will undertake:

  • Support training manger promote training courses and woodland initiatives
  • Prepare tools and materials for craft and woodland courses
  • Assist course tutors to undertake Woodland management and Greenwood Craft courses
  • Undertake Woodland management, timber extraction and processing
  • Undertake a craft based project.

Work experience will be based at the Green Wood Centre, Station Road Coalbrookdale. Telford. TF8 7DR. Accommodation is available so please enquire.

Further details:
Contact Richard Thomason Tel. 01952 432769, email.

Please send your CV along with a statement of why you would like to take part in a Small Woods Association internship to: email.

May 5th 2017.


Member Events

Small Woods offer an array of events throughout the year for members and non-members. Our member events are a great way to see woodlands in your local area, meet other members and discover different ways of managing woodlands.

All of the events are free to members and a guest, and £5 to non-members. Click on ‘Events‘ to see the full list or look out for updates in our newsletter.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Rebecca Cork at or 01952 432769.


Join the ‘Woodland Into Management’ Event

At the Green Wood Centre, 16th March 2017, 9am – 4.30pm.

Adding Value To Our Woodlands.

With the objective of bringing neglected woods back into management, The Forestry Commission and Small Woods Association are proud to host a day of discussions and demonstrations for woodland owners, contractors and community woodland groups. The day will include:

Demonstrations of extraction equipment: Transforming woodlands with difficult access

  • Timber Arches
  • Quad Bikes
  • Alstor Forwarders
  • Portable Winches from Tread Lightly Forestry

Adding value to timber: The latest machinery and traditional crafts

  • Wood-Mizer Sawmill Operating
  • Hydraulic Log Splitting
  • Hookway Retort Kiln Charcoal Making
  • Fascine Making
  • Green Wood products with Neill Mapes


  • Leader funding for Woodland equipment
  • Community woodland groups
  • Utilising volunteers in a woodland business

The event will be held at the Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire. Places are limited, so book well-before March 3rd to avoid disappointment. Lunch will also be provided by the Green Wood Café.

For full details or to book your place, contact Russell Critchley at or call 01952 432769.

Alstor Forwarder:

Portable Winches:

Hydraulic Log Splitting:

Hookway Retort Kiln:


Green Wood products with Neill Mapes:



Small Woods Recruiting

Woodland Management & Membership Officer

A rare opportunity at the Small Woods Association to play a key role for both the organisation and for our members. The role will focus on woodland management policy, project organisation and services to members.

You will be conversant with the range of issues related to multi-objective woodland management. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, you will:

  • Lead national work on woodland management including networking, the development of funding bids, representation, supporting the development of Small Woods’ policies on a wide range of issues, and
  • Coordinate woodland management advice and activities for members including events, training, liaising with regional coordinators and responding to members’ enquiries.

Based at the Green Wood Centre in Shropshire, benefits include:

  • Working in a beautiful office location in Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge
  • Being part of a small, friendly and professional team
  • Being at the centre of the UK-wide woodland sector
  • Benefiting from training course discounts at the Green Wood Centre

Success in achieving growth in this area of work would be assessed regularly and significant increases in activity rewarded accordingly. Anyone wishing to discuss the role should contact Ian Baker on

Salary: £27,329 pro rata (3.5 days per week)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 20th January
Benefits: 5 weeks per annum; family friendly flexible working

Download the full job description
Download the application form


Charming Woodland Hall Open for Hire

For those looking for venue hire in Ironbridge, we welcome you to the charming Woodland Hall at the Green Wood Centre. Whether you’re looking for a location for a celebration or a corporate event, the Woodland Hall offers a unique and characterful space that can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

The Hall, set in the beautiful, tranquil woodland surrounding of Coalbrookdale, can take up to 100 standing guests, up to 80 seated for a presentation and up to 50 seated for a meal. However, the Hall can work very well as an intimate space for much smaller numbers. Facilities include extensive parking (with further parking a short distance down the road at Dale End), toilets/washrooms, a feature log burner, presentation equipment and wifi.

In addition to the venue hire we offer a number of catering options, from a banquet-style experience to a simple sandwich buffet. For much less formal occasions there is the option to simply use the Green Wood Café next door which offers a delicious menu of food and drink throughout the day, Tuesday to Sunday, 8.30am to 5pm, although times outside those stated can be negotiated.

Parties and Celebrations:

  • Wedding Breakfasts
  • Birthdays and Christenings
  • Family Occasions

Business/Corporate Events:

  • Training Courses
  • Presentations
  • Networking Events
  • Meetings
  • Exhibitions
  • Photo Shoots

If you would like to come down and take a look at the venue and the surrounds, please do so – we would be delighted to welcome you. Whilst you’re here we recommend you enjoy a slice of cake and a coffee in the Green Wood Café – and please take a look around the whole site.

For more information contact us on or telephone 01952 598419.




Certification and small woods workshop – Shropshire 4th July

Branching out into Forest Certification – Sustainable Forest Management workshop, Shropshire, 4th July.The Woodland Trust is organising a sustainable forest management workshop in collaboration with FSC UK, Tilhill and the Smallwoods Association. The event takes place in a FSC certified ancient woodland close to Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire on the 4th July. The site is a plantation on an ancient woodland site (PAWS) and the focus of the workshop will be the management of such PAW sites under certification standards. Jeremy Evans, Woodland Trust Ancient Woodland Restoration Project Officer, will be leading the day which will comprise of a walk through the site with a number of stops to discuss key points. The event is designed as a knowledge share and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate. Refreshments and lunch provided.

If you are interested in booking a place on this free event, please contact Adam Thorogood: mobile: 07733012452 office: 03437705633


Summer Internships at Small Woods

Small Woods is offering voluntary internships at its Coalbrookdale site, a stone’s throw from the Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site. The internships will be from 3 to 6 weeks and are available on a range of topics, including:

  • Practical woodland skills
  • Woodland management
  • Heritage and culture research
  • Surveying woodland owners
  • Archiving, cataloguing and curating

Although unpaid, we can offer free accommodation on site and free attendance at one of our wide range of courses at the well-equipped Green Wood Centre. For more information please email Ian Baker, Chief Executive, at or call 07721 044976.


Smallwoods magazine takes on new editor

Small Woods are pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Niemann, the new editor of our quarterley publication ‘Smallwoods’.

Derek Niemann began his career with five years working for wildlife trusts and had a year-long stint as a volunteer tree nursery manager. After working for the RSPB for 25 years, sixteen of them as a magazines editor, Derek is now a freelance writer and editor. He has written three non-fiction books; his latest A Tale of Trees: the battle to save Britain’s ancient woodland, will be published by Short Books in October.