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More than 100 participants from 25 European countries and one guest from the US held their 30th anniversary meeting in Radlje ob Dravi in the North of Slovenia near the Austrian border in September. Radlje is the cradle of close-to-nature forest management and its nearby forest of the Pahernik foundation is one of the best examples of this approach, being managed by local foresters under support of the Department of Forestry of Biotechnical faculty in Ljubljana. You can now read the summary of the event and declaration.

Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex—meaning the arrangement of vegetation is highly varied—sequester more carbon, according to a new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. The study demonstrates for the first time that a forest’s structural complexity is a better predictor of carbon sequestration potential than tree species diversity. The discovery may hold implications for the mitigation of climate change. Read the article in full here.

CCFG Event

Welcome to the fortieth issue of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group Newsletter, containing Bill Mason’s Chairs’ report, details of previous CCFG site visits and information on future events.




  1. Chairs Report – Bill Mason
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  2. England Visit to North Cumbria – Gareth Browning
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  3. CCFG Foreign Study Tour to Italy – Guy Bennet, David Cracknell, Rob Coventry, Sergei Kositzki, Rupert Bentley-Walls, Jon Tompson, Bill Mason
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  4. CCF at Clocaenog – Dave Williams
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  5. CCF Tips – Gareth Browning
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  6. Transformation of Faskally – Andrew Cameron
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  7. Strip Shelterwood Systems – Jens Haufe
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  8. CCF and Certification – John Tewson
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  9. CCFG Events 2019
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  10. Committee Members 2019
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  11. Welcome to New Members
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Several Bangor University students recently attended the CCFG Foreign Study Tour to Italy. In advance of a detailed report coming soon in our newsletter, Bangor University have published a short news item.

CCFG Event

Date: 11 October 2019
Location: St Pierre’s Great Wood


This year we will be taking a break from upland Sitka Spruce plantations to visit the extreme South East of Wales and to explore mixed woodland flanking the spectacular Wye Valley. Close to Chepstow, St Pierre’s Great Wood is 107 hectares of mixed plantations on an ancient woodland site, with base-rich soils overlying limestone. Design plan objectives here are to restore semi-natural native woodland via lower impact silvicultural systems, leading ultimately to CCF management, delivering biodiversity, timber and resilient woodland for amenity, conservation and recreation. We are grateful to Natural Resources Wales for agreeing to host us. Please see the flyer for further details.

Contact: For more information or to reserve your place, please contact

CCFG Event

Date: 25 September 2019
Location: Forestry Commission’s Thetford Forest District


This field visit to Thetford is a fantastic opportunity to see and discuss some mature research species trials (established as an understorey). You will also see more recent underplanting in diseased and thinned Corsican pine using a far wider range of species than traditionally used in this area. The various underplanting techniques used at Thetford and the options for future management, will make for interesting discussions. Please see the flyer for further details.

Contact: For more information or to reserve your place, please contact

CCFG Event

Date: Thursday 28th November 2019
Location: Telephone conference


The 2019 AGM has been postponed and re-scheduled to Thursday 28th November 2019 at 3pm.

Contact: Please confirm your attendance or pass on your apologies to


The RSFS Monitor Woods Scheme and its data management programme ‘Canopy’ are designed to provide a unique research and learning resource across the forestry sector and for the wider public. The principle objective is to facilitate access to good practice in forestry and to encourage more and better managed woods to deliver an optimum range of multiple benefits for public and private good.

Simon will use his extensive forestry and environmental knowledge and facilitation skills gained during his career to date in both temperate and tropical forestry to plan, lead and execute a development strategy to promote the adoption of the Monitor Wood Scheme across Scotland’s forest sector; State, Private and Voluntary, with visits to assess and recruit suitable Monitor Woods.

Simon will also be responsible for data management, ensuring appropriate dissemination of information and learning, through provision and maintenance of Canopy, the scheme’s publicly accessible online data resource.

More information about the Monitor Woods Sceme will be appearing on the societies website
Simon can be contacted at

International silvicultural expert and Chair of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group, Bill Mason, is to deliver a talk called ‘Transforming British Forests through Continuous Cover Forestry’ at Bangor University on Thursday, 28th March 2019 starting at 6.30pm.

Organised by Bangor Forestry Students Association (BFSA) and Woodland Heritage in collaboration with the Continuous Cover Forestry Group (CCFG), this will be the first time in nearly 15 years that Bill Mason has spoken at Bangor University.

“As an alumnus of the University and a long-time proponent of alternative silvicultural systems, BFSA was really keen to invite Bill to speak”, said BFSA President and Woodland Heritage Ambassador, Sarah Ellis.  “CCF is an integral part of the University’s forestry degree courses, one of a number of various approaches to silvicultural management that we’re encouraged to consider.  There are also a huge range of different definitions banded about, so this talk by Bill Mason will undoubtedly be both informative and inspirational”.

Chair of CCFG for nearly seven years and long-serving silvicultural researcher, Bill Mason said:

“Many field meetings reported in forestry society journals today include an account of a visit to stands that are being identified for management under a CCF regime.  However, despite this welcome recognition of the potential role of CCF in British forestry, recent surveys have suggested that perhaps only 10 per cent of British forests are being actively managed using CCF silvicultural systems.

So, there remains a major issue of translating the increased interest and awareness of CCF into practical actions that will transform our forests into the mixed species and varied structures that are envisaged by forest policies across Great Britain.  Thanks to the interest shown though by the next generation of foresters, such as the students at Bangor University, I remain hopeful that CCF has a bright future and that CCF will be adopted ever more widely.”

Bill Mason’s talk is open to all and for more information, please contact Sarah Ellis via