The Wales Regional Group of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF Wales) will be exploring what challenges and opportunities are on the horizon over the next few decades for forestry in Wales at their annual conference on the 17 November. The conference will take place at Bangor University. A draft program of the ICF Wales annual conference and AGM can be found here

Woodknowledge Wales used a similar future visioning approach to explore future timber demand in Wales through a series of workshops run in partnership with Powys County Council. The workshops guided participants through a scenario where in 2050 75% of houses in Wales are based on wood and 75% of that wood is sourced from home-grown sources. Workshop delegates were asked to explore how this could be delivered and what changes need to be made in order for this positive future position to be reached.

The output from our three workshops is being used to inform how construction clients, housing associations and local authorities can help to catalyse and support innovation and growth within the forest industries sector. In turn this will provide reliable local supply chains that benefit Welsh forestry, jobs, economic growth, as well as help to improve the natural and built environments.

More information about the WKW 2050 Future Casting workshops can be found here on the Resources page of our website.