Earlier this week [11 July 2016], Tarmac hosted its first Forestry day to bring together key players from forestry and woodland organisations to review research undertaken as part of the WrEN project.
WrEN, which stands for Woodland Creation and Ecological Networks, is a study on ancient woodland management, undertaken in collaboration with Stirling University.
Tarmac began partnering on the project in 2015. Since then, the University has carried out research and analysis on ecological networks, habitat creation and the impact of environmental changes and human activity on woodlands.
The Forestry day, hosted by Tarmac, was the first annual meeting since the partnership was formed and took place at Panshanger Park, a Tarmac site currently being restored to a country park and nature reserve. As well as presenting the research undertaken by Stirling University, it introduced Tarmac employees and wider forestry and woodland stakeholders to the current debates around forestry management and encouraged discussion on Tarmac’s policy on ancient woodland.
Some of the attendees on the day included; Forestry Commission, National Forest, Forest Enterprise, RSPB, The Woodland Trust and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Attendees on the daywere able to offer invaluable feedback on the research that has been undertaken and present positive ideas on how to use this moving forward.
Sharon Palmer, National Environmental Permitting Manager, said:
“Tarmac is committed to sensitively managing forestry and woodland to deliver a net positive contribution to biodiversity and the local community.
“It was wonderful to see such a large turn out from leading forestry and woodland organisations, which shows just how important conversations and debates around ancient woodland management are
“The feedback and discussion that took place on the day is invaluable to Tarmac and demonstrates our commitment to effective land stewardship.”