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Last year Oxfordshire LEADER awarded local environmental charity Sylva Foundation nearly £24,000 to build a new forestry yard at their Wood Centre in Long Wittenham. The centre is a dynamic hub for wood-using businesses with Face North Forestry, a fast-growing company, recently moving into the new forestry yard on site.

The LAG chair Elizabeth Gillespie, said, “Our group visited the Sylva Wood Centre and were delighted to see how the funds were supporting innovative small wood businesses and impressed at the overriding ethos of the Sylva Wood Foundation.”

Paul Orsi, Director for Forestry at Sylva Foundation, said, “The addition of the forestry yard is crucial to seeing more local timber being used by the businesses we support. The development was supported by a LEADER grant, which was vital to take this project forward.”

Nick Keighley of Face North Forestry said, “Moving into the yard has allowed me to grow my business and add value to the timber I fell. Being based at the Sylva Wood Centre means there is a readymade customer base for my products.”

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