Mixed woodland with steep banks and river flowing through it
Sep 18 2018

Woods under Threat Detector network update September 2018

Welcome to the network update for the woods under threat detector volunteers .

This month:

Training Materials

Upcoming events

Peoples Walk for Wildlife

Tree Charter Day

Campaigns, blogs and a little light reading


Best wishes and thanks for all your hard work



Woods under Threat Detector Training Materials

In addition to the Woods under Threat Detector section of the Whittle Library https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/library/#54-wpfd-woods-under-threat-detectors (which has recently been updated with Wales specific training materials) please make sure you have read the following docs on our website.


Here you will find an overview of the planning systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland along with 2 documents relating to the impacts on ancient woodland of nearby development.

Earlier in the year we created a manual for planners which we sent out to all planning departments across England. http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/2017/09/planning-for-ancient-woodland/

Please become familiar with it but be aware though it is in the process of being updated in light of the revised NPPF.

Speaking of which now the revised NPPF is operational we are watching with interest to see how councils apply it. Read more here



Upcoming Events

People’s Walk For Wildlife 22 September 2018 Hyde Park London

This is being organised by the naturalist and presenter Chris Packham, who is a great friend of the Trust and supporter of the Tree Charter which we are leading forward. I am excited to let you know that the Woodland Trust will be there and we would love it if you would come and join us on this peaceful family-friendly walk representing our trees and woodlands and the wildlife they support. To RSVP and for more details please click on this link:  http://www.woodlandtru.st/xa9Yo

Please share the invitation among your family and friends – the more the merrier

For Facebook sharing use this link http://www.woodlandtru.st/xa9Yo and for Twitter please use this link http://www.woodlandtru.st/Q6okB

Also if you see anything from us on social media about the event we’d love you to re-tweet or share it.

Keep an eye out for any sister events that are being planned near to you as you can always pop along to those if it is easier than getting to London.


Volunteer networking events

Please head over to the events page for details of some exciting events coming up over the next few months. Events

If you can get along to one of the regional events I thoroughly recommend it as they are a wonderful opportunity to meet other volunteers in your area.

Also, you will notice a number of Volunteer Induction events listed. These new sessions are the opportunity to get up to date with the work of the Trust and how volunteers fit in to what we do. It will cover an overview of the organisation and its aims and objectives as well as what you can expect from your volunteering experience with us.  These sessions are primarily for new Trust volunteers but all volunteers will find them interesting so if you would like to pop along please contact your local Volunteering Development Officer.


Save the date 2: Tree Charter Day: Saturday 24 November 2018

The UK’s first Tree Charter Day takes place on Saturday 24th November. This annual day of celebration marks the Charter’s launch in Nov 2017 and will see events taking place across the UK.  Look out for further information on the Tree Charter website (https://treecharter.uk/) coming soon!


Campaigns, blogs and a bit of light reading

Super Campaigner Blog
Many thanks to Super Campaigner Nimue Brown for a thoughtful blog on the arrival of autumn.

Seasonal tree sniffing

Woodland Trust latest campaigns and policy news 
Check out The Trust’s website http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/our-campaigns/ to get involved in these campaigns while you still can and share with others!

Click here https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/ to have a look at the latest Woodland Trust Blogs.


And finally

Please remember to let me know what you have been getting up to and how many hours you have have spent on volunteering for the Trust over the past month.

Super Campaigners, if you would like your blog featured on Whittle or in our campaigns newsletter, do please let me know.


Thanks for all your hard work and thanks for reading.


Sarah Cooley

Campaigning Volunteer Co-ordinator

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