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 administrator@ccfg.org.uk.  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.  Please find below presentations from the following key speakers:-

Andy Poore - A Background to the Rushmore Biodiversity Project

Danny Alder - Responses of Birds and Bats to differences in stand management

Rob Fuller - Forest Structure and Biodiversity


Dr Phil Sterling - The Effects of different woodland stand structures and management on Lepidoptera



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 david@selectfor.com.



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 were represented by two CCFG members.  Report available in the Spring 2018 Newsletter. See the Press Release from ProSilva Europe.



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.  



Pro Silva Ireland Study Tour to Wales
15&16th September 2017

Pro Silva Ireland are travelling to Wales and have kindly offered CCFG members the opportunity to join them.  Places are free but limited to 20 on a first come first served basis so please book today to avoid disappointment.  Attendees must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

15th September, Coed Preseli, 12.00-17.00

16th September, Bryn Arau Duon, 10.00-17.00

See the programme for more details.  To book a place contact Mandy at administrator@ccfg.org.uk.



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, Eildon Estate near Melrose
Thursday 28th September 2017

The visit is being hosted by Buccleuch Estates Ltd on their Eildon Estate. The woodlands that surround Eildon House are a key part of the famous Scott's view, one of the most photographed tourist viewpoints in the Scottish Borders. The visit will concentrate on the practicalities and challenges of operating continuous cover forestry in coniferous/broadleaved mixed woodland on a moist, rich site in the Scottish Lowlands. See the flyer for full details.  To book contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk.



CCFG Wales Field Visit, Coed Llandegla near Wrexham
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 achieving a degree of irregularity in an upland spruce forest managed for multiple benefits?  See the flyer for full details.  To book contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk.


2018 Events

Courses in Continuous Cover Forest Management delivered by SelectFor

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

18 & 19th  April 2018




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 david@selectfor.com.





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