Many people now find it hard to relate to the working countryside and many children rarely get the chance to play and find wonder in our woods. This lack of empathy can lead not only to poor environmental understanding, but also to a reluctance to think and act positively to support the environment; both now and in the future.
We believe if people have the opportunity to appreciate trees and forests, to understand how valuable they are to the environment and the economy and how best to look after them sustainably we can rebuild that vital creative connection between people and woodland. Through our Education programme which includes unique online educational resources, educational events and outdoor learning experiences we set out to help people of all ages understand why managing forests sustainably is the best way to care for them and the links between trees, wood and wood products.
Our projects for adults include continued promotion of the award-winning book, The New Sylva, involvements with the Charter for Trees, Woods and People and events and courses at the Sylva Wood Centre.
"We would like to thank Sylva so much for all the work you have done with us ... especially the Timber! and Young Forester / Big Plant work. We feel privileged to work with such knowledgeable and inspirational people and such a purposeful charitable foundation." Fi McGregor, Head Teacher, Stonesfield Primary School