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Using CCF on Steep Ground and with Big Trees
With Gareth Browning, (Forestry England)

Following our third successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE

 

Gareth Browning lives with his family in Cockermouth in North West Cumbria and works as a Forester with Forestry England looking after the forests and valleys around Keswick, Cockermouth, and Ennerdale. With over 30 years of working in North Cumbria Gareth has built up much experience in managing forests on steep ground with high public visibility and access to support multiple public benefits. He has experimented with using Continuous Cover techniques on steep ground and with large trees and multi storeys since the mid 1990’s.

In addition to his expertise in Continuous Cover Forestry Gareth is a founding partner in Wild Ennerdale, a leading landscape scale rewilding partnership where he has developed expertise in natural process led nature recovery.

Out of his role as a forester Gareth enjoys biking, kayaking, travel and photography and is part of the Leadership team of Christ Church in Cockermouth.

 

Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

6th – 8th of July 2021 

Treescapes2021 is a unique event being led by early career researchers from a number of UK universities and disciplines to stimulate conversations between the research and woodland practitioner communities. We aim to capture the priorities and concerns of stakeholders and to influence future research agendas and practices.

Our national treescapes are facing immense challenges from climate change, pests and diseases. Research shapes our understanding and provides insights that can inform best practices – it underpins action, but it is not action. Its real-world impact relies on swift inclusion into policy and adoption by managers and practitioners. 

This conference is for all those carrying out research allied to forestry, woodland, urban and other treescapes, for those managing woods and trees and for those interested in learning about the latest forestry and forestry-related research.

The conference will be hosted online and take place during the 6th, 7th and 8th of July 2021.

To find out more or to register please visit the Treescapes event HERE

CCFG will be hosting their next webinar: Applying CCF on Steep Ground & with Big Trees – with Gareth Browning (Forestry England) 24th June 2021 4pm – 5pm


This online event is hosted by CCFG featuring Gareth Browning who will deliver a 30 minute presentation on this topic. This will be followed by a question and answer session for participants.

Gareth Browning lives with his family in Cockermouth in North West Cumbria and works as a Forester with Forestry England looking after the forests and valleys around Keswick, Cockermouth, and Ennerdale. With over 30 years of working in North Cumbria Gareth has built up much experience in managing forests on steep ground with high public visibility and access to support multiple public benefits. He has experimented with using Continuous Cover techniques on steep ground and with large trees and multi storeys since the mid 1990’s. In addition to his expertise in Continuous Cover Forestry Gareth is a founding partner in Wild Ennerdale, a leading landscape scale rewilding partnership where he has developed expertise in natural process led nature recovery.

Out of his role as a forester Gareth enjoys biking, kayaking, travel and photography and is part of the Leadership team of Christ Church in Cockermouth.

 

If you would like to attend you can book your ticket HERE.

Using CCF in Even-Aged Spruce plantations
With Phil Morgan, (Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor)


Following our second successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE


Phil Morgan is one of the leading British experts in continuous cover forestry. He is a director of both Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor and has been a Fellow of the ICF since 2003. During his career he has worked in the Far East, Europe and North America. He now lives in Wales where his efforts are focused on the transformation of upland coniferous plantations to highly productive mixed continuous cover forests.

He was a previous chairman of CCFG and president of Pro Silva. He is now the vice-president of the AFI and chairman of the Irregular Silviculture Network (ISN). He runs the network of AFI research stands in the UK and Ireland and is developing a network of ISN monitoring plots, forest inventories and marteloscopes in Wales.


Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

CCFG will be hosting their next webinar: Applying CCF in Even-aged Spruce Plantations – with Phil Morgan (Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor) 20th May 2021 4pm – 5pm


This online event is hosted by CCFG featuring Phil Morgan who will deliver a 30 minute presentation on this topic. This will be followed by a question and answer session for participants.

Phil Morgan is one of the leading British experts in continuous cover forestry. He is a director of both Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor and has been a Fellow of the ICF since 2003. During his career he has worked in the Far East, Europe and North America. He now lives in Wales where his efforts are focused on the transformation of upland coniferous plantations to highly productive mixed continuous cover forests.

He was a previous chairman of CCFG and president of Pro Silva. He is now the vice-president of the AFI and chairman of the Irregular Silviculture Network (ISN). He runs the network of AFI research stands in the UK and Ireland and is developing a network of ISN monitoring plots, forest inventories and marteloscopes in Wales.

If you would like to attend you can book your ticket HERE.

Using CCF in Ancient Woodland Restoration
With Adam Thorogood, Coed Cadw (The Woodland Trust Wales)


Following our very successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE

Adam works for Coed Cadw (The Woodland Trust Wales) as a Woodland Outreach Advisor. His core work is to collaborate with woodland owners in order to bring Planted Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) into management. Where possible this involves transformation to an irregular forest structure and he has found that the objectives of restoration often work in parallel with those of transformation. He is part of the team managing Allt Boeth in the Rheidol valley, where CCF is being used to gradually restore a 22 hectare PAWS to native broadleaves.


Before working for Coed Cadw, Adam worked for Llais y Goedwig on the StarTree EU-funded research project, looking at silviculture and supply chains for non-timber forest products in Wales, he also worked as a forestry contractor on a number of sites in the Dyfi Valley, Wales, carrying out thinning operations in PAWS and ASNW. He holds a Masters in Forestry from the University of Bangor and owns a 12 hectare PAWS, Coed Esgair Las, with 6 other partners, where the principles of CCF underpin the management approach.


Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

Date: 29 & 30 Sep 2021
Title:

IRREGULAR SILVICULTURE IN THE LOWLANDS: TRANSFORMATION IN PRACTICE

Location:

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

Cost:

THE COST OF THE TWO-DAY COURSE IS £365 excluding VAT (£438 including VAT) PER PERSON.



Description:

Marking is a difficult skill to learn, particularly within an unfamiliar discipline such as Irregular Silviculture.

The Courses incorporate a marking exercise in which the trainees, in groups of two, undertake the marking decision process for themselves within a 1 ha stand under transformation and interact with two experienced practitioners. On the completion of the marking exercise, the trees selected for removal by each group are inputted into a spreadsheet which provides a detailed summary of the silvicultural and economic consequences of each marking exercise. These data can be compared between the groups and with the marking of the local manager.

These Courses provide 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 Courses are designed for 14 trainees and will be led by Andy Poore and David Pengelly, both leading exponents of Continuous Cover Forest Management.

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Woodland Heritage will be offering bursaries on a case by case basis. Please contact Kelly Morss of Woodland Heritage on 01242 467356, office@woodlandheritage.org.

Woodland Heritage will be supporting no more than two attendees per running of the course in the future and so applicants may face competition for their possible bursary, therefore early applications are advised. It should be noted that a condition of this support is the submission of a report following the Course to Woodland Heritage.

Members of Confor could consider applying for assistance to their Education & Provident Fund (www.confor.org.uk/resources/education-provident-fund).

Contact: For more information or to book please contact David Pengelly at SelectFor: david@selectfor.com

This Sunday marks the International Day of Forests 2021 with the theme of’’ Restoration, a path to recovery and well-being’’


The theme of the International Day of Forests for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.” The restoration and sustainable management of forests help address the climate-change and biodiversity crises. It also produces goods and services for sustainable development, fostering an economic activity that creates jobs and improves lives.

This year’s theme fits into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a call for the protection and revival of ecosystems around the world.

 

You can read more about this HERE

CCFG Event

Welcome to the 43rd issue of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group Newsletter, containing Bill Mason’s Chairs’ report, articles on our Continuous Cover Forestry at Dunranhill Forest, an update on AFI/ISN and an update on events.

 

 

Contents:

    1. Chairs Report – Bill Mason
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    2. An Update on AFI/ISN – Philippe Morgan
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    3. Pro Silva Switzerland – A brief guide to Continuous cover Forestry – Bill Mason
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    4. Germany trip report – Sonia Winder
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    5. Continuous Cover Forestry at Dunranhill Forest, County Wicklow, Ireland – Edward Wilson et al.
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    6. Reflections from a past England Co-ordinator
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    7. CCFG Events 2021
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    8. Committee Members
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    9. Welcome to New Members
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    10. Bits and Pieces
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CCFG members may be aware of the recent report on ‘Biodiversity, Forestry and Wood’ published by Confor in July 2020. Unfortunately, this report makes some statements about the potential role of CCF in British forests which are not supported by the evidence. We have therefore prepared a short paper setting out our criticisms of these aspects of the report which can be found here. We hope that you find this paper helpful and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.