DECC have announced a new £6 million grant funding programme to help Local Authorities (LAs) in England and Wales to develop new heating and cooling networks, and expand existing networks. It will run for 18 months with 6 bidding rounds. To win a share of the funding, local authorities must bring forward ambitious and innovative […]

The Big Lottery Fund announced this month that OPAL will receive a grant to extend its work into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. OPAL has already inspired more than half a million people across England to discover their local environment through our seven national nature surveys, events and resources. Thanks to the new award of […]

Chopwell Woodland Park, Hookergate, Nr High Spen, Gateshead NE39 1LT, Friday October 18th, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event aims to provide a forum for exchange for those involved in woodland related learning and will be held at the flagship partnership woodland Chopwell Woodland Park, near Gateshead. During the day there will be a […]

Tree health survey

September 23, 2013

The OPAL tree health survey – only three weeks left survey closes end of September. The survey is best carried out when leaves are still on the trees and signs of pests and diseases are easier to spot. The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is open to anyone with an interest in nature. The survey […]

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has secured a £400,000 funding package from the Government through the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP). Set up in 2011, the EOP is a competitive fund open to employers, to invest in their current and future workforce in England. Its aim is to […]

Volunteers across northern England are processing new information which strongly suggests that the population of red squirrels in the region may finally be stabilising after over 140 years of decline. During spring 2013, 300 woodlands and gardens across northern England were surveyed, with results showing that red squirrels were found in 7% more sites and […]