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    2010 - 03.30

    By May of this year the British Forestry Commission hopes to have planted more than 3.7 million trees by hand. Planting teams are hard at work in various locations in the North East such as the Kielder Forest, Northumberland and Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

    To help meet this ambitious target nine Canadian forestry workers have arrived to join the local planters in hitting the target. This isn’t the first time Canadians have come to the North East to work in Kielder. During the Second World War Canadians came to the North East to help manage forests while the local men served in the armed forces.

    Their modern day counterparts are often woodsmen picking up work before the Canadian forests are replanted later in the spring or young people looking to gain experience of different cultures and tour the world. However, be they local or from abroad, each forester will need to hand plant an estimated 1,500 trees every day.

    The new director of a Northumberland forestry business, Ben Tansey, has taken over as the new leader of Morpeth based Northwoods. This is an organisation, which backs forest businesses in the region with training and advice. They do this by supplying marketing products, securing grants, improving skills and encouraging inward investment.

    Ben, who has a first-class degree in ecological science with honours in forestry, said:

    “When it comes to working in forestry, I think forestry chooses you. But I have always been passionate about the outdoors and the natural environment. Wood is one of the fuels of the future and my job is to help make the most of the opportunities. Fossil fuel prices are unpredictable and have recently been increasing, but well managed woods can produce timber year after year. About 70% of our work at Northwoods is now devoted to the development of the wood fuel sector, showing just what an expanding area this is in terms of the economy and job creation.”

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    2 Responses to “Canadians Head North (East)”

    1. Laura says:

      Fact: Chicago Tribune, New York Times and Toronto Star were using 1/2 million Northern Ontario trees every single day for last 75 years.

      To be sure, Canadians know a thing or two about the value of forests and regeneration. Value-added wood researcher and university professor Dr. Mat Leitch explores this very issue in the upcoming Canadian documentary “Valuing the Forest: Green Innovation in Forestry.” The preview is available here: http://vimeo.com/9353872

    2. SHane Gilman says:

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