Our sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors

All kinds of people and organisations are working together to make Evolving the Forest a reality. This is where we acknowledge them and say ‘thank you’.

About our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters. Become a sponsor or advertise in the programme

Tilhill Forestry


Tilhill Forestry is the UK’s leading forestry management and timber harvesting and marketing company. We operate nationally from a network of offices across the UK.

We offer a full range of forest and woodland management services to owners, including forestry and woodland investment expertise. We supply roundwood into all major UK processors and biomass energy markets. We also apply our skills to landscaping our environment.

Our qualified and experienced managers care for your woodland or forest to get you the best possible return and access to the premium timber prices. Our unique internal interaction between our sustainable forestry and harvesting managers means we provide an unrivalled service to our customers.

Tilhill are the proud sponsors of the Tilhill Forestry Gala Dinner on June 19.

They are also sponsoring a session Wood as a material/contemporary timber-based design

Woodland Trust

In 1972 a group of friends sat round a kitchen table in Devon planning how they could protect a nearby ancient wood from a developer’s axe.

The table belonged to Ken Watkins, who together with his wife and friends founded the Woodland Trust by buying and saving that fragile, threatened woodland.

Now, more than 46 years later, we’re proud to stand up for trees everywhere as the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.

Every year we fight to save woods under threat, campaign for better protection for ancient woodland, restore damaged woods, create havens for wildlife and plant millions of new native trees. 

The Devon woodland we first rescued has been joined by 1,000 more across the UK, all free and open to visit, and we now have more than 250,000 members united behind our cause.

Thanks to our amazing supporters, we’re on our way to achieving our vision – a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife.


Woodland Trust proudly sponsors the session Climate Change impacts / Resilient Landscapes

Forestry Commission England


The Forestry Commission is marking its centenary in 2019 with an ambitious programme of public engagement across England’s forests.

The centenary year will include the largest ever survey of forest wildlife, projects to boost health and wellbeing, new artistic works and educational initiatives. It will see existing forests expanded, and

commemorative avenues planted to celebrate 100 years of forestry. A major garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show will visualise what forests of the future might look like, and the Royal Mail will celebrate the UK’s forest landscapes with a special stamp collection issued in August 2019.

While celebrating its first 100 years, the Forestry Commission is also looking ahead to the biggest challenges facing the nation’s forests. It will use the anniversary to explore these challenges – including climate change and plant health – and demonstrate what action is being taken to ensure our trees and landscapes are resilient for future generations to enjoy.

For more information visit: www.forestryengland.uk/100


Forestry Commission England proudly sponsors the session on Future Forestry

Science Walden


Science Walden are our research partners. Science Walden is based at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, S. Korea one of Asia’s leading science and engineering universities. Science Walden in an experiment in social thought around sustainability in which the arts play a key role. art.earth partner organisation the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World is a research partner in Science Walden; art.earth’s Director Richard Povall is Visiting Professor at Science Walden.

DR Company

The DR Company provides expert advice, friendly professional support and practical assistance to enable rural and coastal businesses and communities to achieve their goals.

Our team is made up from local consultants and advisors, who have wide experience and knowledge of supporting rural businesses, from small scale enterprises to multi million pound capital ventures involving many partners.

The South Devon Coastal LAG and Greater Dartmoor LEAF funding programmes are currently closed. If funding becomes available we will announce this on our social media channels and on this website. Alternatively please add your details below and you will be the first to know if more funding is available. We will also keep you informed about any other funding streams that may be of interest and other activities that we are undertaking at the DR Company.

Carpenter Oak

For over 30 years, Carpenter Oak has been consistently redefining what it means to build with timber. Our confidence lies in our experience and unmatched creativity in designing and crafting purposeful and beautiful buildings. We work closely with our clients and with a range of industry-leading specialists to deliver a wide variety of bespoke projects across the UK, Europe and beyond. Look no further if you want to know how to build a timber frame house – we offer support and advice throughout the whole process.

Dartington Hall Trust (supporter)

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925, when Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought a crumbling estate and began to explore how a place could change the world – attracting some of the greatest artists, educators and political philosophers of the 20th century in the process. Important British institutions – including the NHS and the Arts Council – emerged, and ground-breaking experiments in land use, farming and education took place.

Today Dartington is the in the midst of an exciting transformation. The charity is returning to its original purpose and values, delivering social impact and undergoing a period of rejuvenation and development.

Our restaurants are busy, theatre and cinema performances are packed, and recent educational and family events are full to capacity. The number of enterprise tenants on the estate now numbers around 180, and we are delivering social impact through a range of initiatives. In addition, our experiments in agroforestry, land use and education are putting Dartington back on the map as a place of innovation and radical thought.

Learn more about Dartington.