Regional Forestry Economic Baseline for the West Midlands
In August 2009 ekosgen, in association with Lockhart Garratt Ltd, was commissioned by Advantage West Midlands to prepare an economic baseline of the timber and non-timber components of the woodland and forestry economy for the West Midlands. The document was designed to update the 2003 baseline and to support the refresh of the West Midlands Forestry Framework.
The resulting report provides a comprehensive overview of this important sector in the West Midlands and is intended to stand as the key reference document for stakeholders and policy makers alike. There are however gaps in the evidence base that will effectively support sector development, and where there is a clear linkage between these and meaningful productivity gains, these are highlighted as recommended priorities for further work.
WM Climate Change Leaflet
Climate change is now widely accepted as being caused, at least in part, by increased emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs). These result from the activities of modern man. There is still much uncertainty but the effects in the West Midlands are likely to include:
- hotter, drier, longer summers;
- warmer, wetter winters;
- increased frequency, unpredictability and severity of
extreme events including:
- winter storms, floods, increasing risks of wind damage and soil erosion;
- summer droughts with increased risks of forest or heathland fires.
Download the leaflet here (in .pdf fomat: 750kb).
A Growing Resource – Woodland & Forestry in the West Midlands
Woodland and Forestry makes an important contribution to the economy, quality of life and the environment of the west Midlands. Its value is estimated in excess of £718 million per year. This Study was commissioned by the Forestry Commission, Advantage West Midlands and the West Midlands Regional Assembly in 2003 and provided essential background to the development of the West Midlands Forestry Framework.
Download the Study here (in .pdf fomat: 1.14Mb).
Embedding the Woodland Industries in the West Midlands
In May 2001 DTZ Pieda Consulting was appointed by a public sector grouping to investigate the potential for embedding woodland industries more deeply into the West Midlands economy. In essence the study was required to identify overarching issues pertaining to forestry and related industries in the West MidlandsDownload the Study here (in .pdf format 1.34Mb).
Forestry Contracting Association (FCA) - Benchmarking Survey of the Woodland Supply Chain in the West Midlands: Report Summary - March 2003
Available here (in .pdf format 5.69Mb)