Trees are woven into the fabric of our lives. When we plant a tree we hope it will live and be healthy for many years - perhaps even beyond our lifetime. But, with climate change, pests and diseases threatening our woodlands which tree species are best equipped to thrive and stand the test of time? Sylva Foundation has planted a new "Future Forest" at its Wood Centre in Oxfordshire to help find out.
A brand new three hectare woodland comprising three categories of trees:
There are also coppice areas planted with hazel, sweet chestnut and robinia. These shorter trees will produce wood that can be used within five years for products such as walking sticks, hurdles, pea sticks, fencing stakes.
By becoming a Friend of the Sylva Future Forest. Your support will help us plant and maintain one of 325 plots - each measuring 10 x 10m and containing 25 trees. Subject to availability you can choose the plot you prefer.
You can support the Future Forest by:
Businesses can get involved too: sponsor a plot in the name of your business and get your team outdoors for an inspiring Earth, Wind & Fire session - tending or planting your plot - £750.
Planting for 2017 is now complete. Some planted plots are still available to be sponsored and there are a very limited number of unplanted plots that could be planted by sponsors in Winter 2017/18.
Click here to see the plot map and donor list.
Every Friend will receive an annual photo update, a hand-carved, limited edition 'leaf key' to the Forest*, an invitation to Sylva's annual 'Into The Woods' event each May and be able to visit the forest whenever they wish. If you dedicate a plot you'll also receive an exclusive dedication certificate to give as a gift or to keep.
|Thank you letter||✔|
|Supporter/giftee name on our online Forest Map||✔||✔|
|Unique leaf 'key'||✔||✔|
|Annual photo update||✔||✔|
|Invitation to annual 'Into the Woods' day including children's Woodland Workshop||✔||✔|
|Certificate of dedication||✔|
*Once the first payment has been received