Mixed woodland with steep banks and river flowing through it
Oct 22 2018

Woods under Threat Detector network update October 2018

Welcome to the network update for the Woods under Threat Detector Volunteers and Super Campaigners.

This month:

Welcome from Naomi the new Super Campaigner Volunteer Manager

Reminder about Training Materials

Upcoming events

Campaigns, blogs and a little light reading


Best wishes and thanks for all your hard work


Welcome from Naomi the new Super Campaigner Volunteer Manager

Naomi Tilley

Hello! I’m Naomi and I have just joined the campaigning team, taking over from Sally-Ann. I will be the new Volunteer Network Manager for the Super Campaigners and I can’t wait to get to know you all. Here are 3 fun facts about me to give you a head start:
I can ride a unicycle;
I am a keen rock climber and
my favourite tree is a silver birch.
I’ll be in touch with you all in the near future, but in the meantime, feel free to give me a call or drop me an email to ask a question NaomiTilley@woodlandtrust.org.uk , or just to say hello! I’m super excited to see what we can achieve together, starting from now!

Woods under Threat Detector Training Materials  – a reminder

Just a reminder in case you didn’t get to it in the last update, 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

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: 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


As I am writing this HS2 have just released their consultation for the Phase 2b draft environmental statement. It has already revealed that at least 19 ancient woods face direct loss. Look out for a campaign action in the near future.

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 one of our current 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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