CCFG Events Programme

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Field meetings are open to both members and non-members, and students who are interested in managing woodlands sustainably are strongly encouraged to attend (at no charge).

Full details and downloadable fliers for each event will be posted on the website as arrangements are firmed up. Members also receive occasional e-mail bulletins to keep them up to date with arrangements.   To book a place on any of our events or for further information please email  See the archive page for event details from previous years.

2017 Events


CCFG / BES Seminar - Biodiversity effects of "irregular" silviculture in 

native woodland, Dorset / Wiltshire border

5th & 6th April 2017

This seminar brought together researchers, forestry practitioners, ecologists and policy makers to explore the results of a major research project into the interrelationship between forest structure, management and biodiversity in native semi-natural woodland.  See the flyer for full details.  

Courses in Continuous Cover Forest Management delivered by SelectFor

Stourhead (Western) Estate, Stourton, near Mere and the Rushmore Estate on the Wiltshire/Dorset border

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd May 2017

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the theory and practical application of irregular silviculture in coniferous and broadleaved stands with the emphasis on lowland forests. The course is designed for 14 trainees and will be led by Andy Poore and David Pengelly and will incorporate a marking exercise followed by a review of the silvicultural and economic consequences of the marking.  For more information see the flyer or contact David Pengelly at

ProSilva Europe Annual General Meeting 2017
Hosted in Sibiu, Romania
27th June - 1st July, 2017

The 2017 Pro Silva Annual Meeting will be held in Romania.  CCFG are being represented by two CCFG members.

CCFG Foreign Study Tour to Denmark
4-7th September 2017

Denmark has a similar forest history to parts of Britain with afforestation programmes in the nineteenth century being followed by a strategy of converting many of the even-aged stands to close-to-nature management. Our trip will take us from Alborg in north Jutland to Zealand near Copenhagen and we will visit both state and private forests and see conifer stands, mixed forests and quality broadleaved woodland.  See the flyer for further details and the booking form.  Deadline for bookings is 3rd July 2017.

Continuous Cover Forestry Course, Llanfwrog, nr Ruthin
Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th September 2017

This course, delivered by Jens Haufe, will give a general introduction to the principles of CCF and will cover underlying ecological principles, thinning, stand stability and transformation methods. There are two places on this course specifically reserved for CCFG members and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so register today to avoid disappointment. Cost 275. 

CCFG Scotland Field Visit
Thursday 28th September 2017

We will be visiting the Eildon Estate and the Bowhill Estate at Melrose and Selkirk respectively. We will be looking at the difficulty in regenerating mixed stands in moisture and nutrient rich sites.  More details available in due course.

CCFG Wales Field Visit
Thursday 5th October 2017

A return to North Wales is planned after two years of visits in the South. Coed Llandegla is a privately owned forest in the hills west of Wrexham. Like Bryn Arau Duon, the location of last year's visit, it is a spruce dominated upland forest. Management drivers are different though, including heavy recreational use and black grouse conservation. For purists, the silvicultural methods adopted might not be considered CCF, but are they a pragmatic approach to achieveing a degree of irregularity in an upland spruce forest managed for multiple benefits?  More details available in due course.

Funding to Attend CCFG Events

Woodland Heritage is a leading forestry charity. They are strong supporters of CCFG and offer bursaries to members of our group who wish to attend events both at home and overseas. Students and young foresters, in particular, are encouraged to apply for support, but there are no age or other limitations. Each application is judged on its own merit. Preference is given to those engaged in forestry and interested in the production of high quality timber. Woodland Heritage generally requests that recipients produce a report for the Woodland Heritage Journal and/or the CCFG Newsletter.

For more information and contact details: Woodland Heritage Website