BeWild Legacy Report

This report is an evaluation report of the BeWILD Project, an ancient woodland management project delivered across Berkshire from 2008-2011.

The Report pulls together the successes and achievements of the BeWILD Project, and aims to share the experiences and findings from the Project for the benefit of those involved in new and existing woodland management in Berkshire and beyond. It has been written in an accessible toolkit format with case studies, project summary tables, and Top Tips for woodland projects boxes. It contains guidance on woodland management for wildlife, timber production, marketing and woodfuel, as well as lots of links to woodland and woodfuel organisations and guidance material. The Report is designed to be dipped into and read at different levels depending on the reader’s interest and time.

Written and produced by Meg Chambers, Karen Davies and Mel Hardie. To download the report go to HERE


Research Articles

From time to time we will publish a résumé of relevant research articles including a link to connect you to full details

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Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm - research - Towards Eco-energetic Communities

The West Berkshire Conservation Volunteers section of the West Berkshire Countryside Society have been carrying out tasks at Elm farm including coppicing hedges, layering hedges, and footpath management. Some of this activity has been assisting the Centre in this research project.


The aim of this project is to demonstrate that local  short chain systems using biomass from landscape elements for local energy or  heat production are economically feasible. Through realizing these short chain  systems and bringing together experiences from different partners and regions  in North Western Europe, the Centre want to demonstrate that this currently unused  biomass from landscape elements can contribute to local sustainable energy  production, with respect to ecological, social and cultural aspects.

The Project Objectives are:

  1. Collate available knowledge, experience and  information about all aspects of realising the economic potential of using  biomass   on a local scale.
  2.  Develop a basic planning tool to make the  utilisation of biomass from landscape elements possible, taking into account  ecological and social constraints.
  3. Jointly work out a specific application of the  planning tool for each partner region and test it in pilots of local short  chain systems using biomass from landscape elements in different parts of the  NWE region.
  4. Integrate the knowledge and developed tool in  local, national and European policy.


For more details and to access the project outputs including a best practice guide to harvesting woodfuel from hedges, view and download  HERE