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May 22 2019

Threat Detector Update May 2019

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

This month:

Welcome to our new volunteers

Woods under Threat Detector Resources


Campaigns, blogs and a little light reading


Best wishes and thanks for all your hard work


Welcome to our new volunteers

Over the past few months I have been busy recruiting new members to the Threat Detector network and running training events around the country. thank you to everyone who has joined us it is wonderful that you are willing to give your time to help protect woods and trees from development.

The next training session focussing on how to draft responses to planning applications ‘The Woodland Trust Way’ is on Saturday 13 July 2019 at “Leaf on Portland Street”, 113-115, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6DW from 11-4pm

Drafting responses to planning applications is a vital part of the Threat Detector role as it allows us to challenge more planning applications than our small team at HQ can do on their own.

There will also be an “Any Questions” slot for you to ask about any part of the role you are not sure of or would like clarification on.

It is open to all Woods under Threat Detector Volunteers so whether you are brand new to the role or more experienced but would like to brush up your skills it will be great to see you. If you would like to come along please email me via sarahcooley@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Woods under threat detector resources

Please remember the Woods under Threat Detector section of the Whittle Library is filled with a whole host of useful resources. You can access it here https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/library/#54-wpfd-woods-under-threat-detectors

If while you are browsing t’interweb and you come across a interesting article or blog please let me know and I can let everyone else in the network know about it.


Volunteer networking events

Naomi (who runs our Super Campaigner network) and I were very fortunate to get the opportunity to join in with the east Lothian Volunteer Gathering earlier this month.  It had a campaigning theme and we took the opportunity to talk about the amazing work you all do.

If you didn’t get a chance to catch up with us there, we also hope to attend and at the Central Region volunteer get together at Heartwood and the Scottish volunteer conference both of which are in September.

There are lots of other interesting volunteer events being arranged too so please head over to the Events page for details of the above events.  If you can get along to one of the regional events please do so as they are a wonderful opportunity to meet other volunteers in your area.

Campaigns, blogs and a bit of light reading

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!

One event, I will signpost this month is The Time is Now mass lobby on 26th June where you’ll be able to meet your MP and urge them to pass a strong Environment Bill that fights climate change and leads to a tree and woodland strategy for England. More details can be found here https://campaigns.woodlandtrust.org.uk/page/41510/data/1 but if you have any questions please get in touch with my colleague Naomi, her email address is NaomiTilley@woodlandtrust.org.uk .

Please join us if you can.


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

Also in case you haven’t already spotted it please take 5 mins while you have a cuppa and a biccy to have a read of the great article by Alison one of our Scottish volunteers about why she became a Woods under Threat Detector  – https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/2019/03/13/why-i-became-a-threat-detector/ Thanks Alison.

And finally…

If you have a Woods under Threat query, the best way to let us know about it is via the threatdetector@woodlandtrust.org.uk email address. This is also the best way 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.

Thanks for reading.


Sarah Cooley

Campaigning Volunteer Co-ordinator

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