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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

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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.




    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.


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Welcome to the 42nd issue of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group Newsletter, containing Bill Mason’s Chairs’ report, articles on our new Wales Committee Members and an update on events.




    1. Chairs Report – Bill Mason
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    2. Wales Co-ordinator – Alec Dauncey
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    3. Q&Q Jonathan Hulson
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    4. What is Pro Silva? – John Tewson
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    5. CCFG Events
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    6. Committee Members
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    7. Welcome to new members
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    8. Bits and Pieces
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CCFG Event

Date: Friday 17th September 2021
Location: Kyloe Estate, Northumberland
Meeting Time: 09:45am


Kyloe is a private estate in Northumberland with the forests managed by Scottish Woodlands. We will be hosted by Arran Smith the local manager. The estate was last visited by CCFG in 2006. The woods are managed under CCF with regular interventions, natural regeneration and under-planting.

Parking will be at the old sawmill where we will meet to eliminate the need for any car sharing.

The route from Fenwick village to the forest will be sign posted (½ mile).

The postcode for Fenwick is TD15 2PQ and the grid reference is NU066401. There will be signs for the Sawmill from the village. 

We advise you to bring a packed lunch and clothing to suit any weather we may encounter.

Contact: This event is fully booked however if you would like to be added to our reserve list in case of cancellations please contact
Phil Morgan from Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor discusses in this webinar (delivered in June 2020) silvicultural methodologies, with an emphasis on Continious Cover Forestry (CCF) and Planted Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS). The webinar provides an insight into the concept of CCF and management techniques, for new and current woodland owners. It is also an opportunity to discover and learn how to transform your woodland into one that can provide an income whilst developing into a sustainably thriving woodland for the future. Webinar

The CCFG Committee have taken the decision to postpone our field visits until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This decision will have an immediate effect on the forthcoming England field visit to Kyloe which had been arranged to take place in May and will now be postponed until further notice.

We are still planning the field visits in the Autumn and will update you all in due course as the situation becomes clearer.

CCFG Event

Date: 9th July 2021
Location: Online


Pro Silva will host their AGM online 9th July 2021


“Forest in Luxembourg – future challenges for ecosystem services”

The planned in person excursion is postponed until 2022 –

The excursion days will lead to forest around the City of Luxembourg focusing on the themes of : –

  •  Urban forestry – Luxembourg City forest “Baambësch
  •  Forestry and water protection – North of Luxembourg “Burfelt
  •  Forestry and tourism – East of Luxembourg “Mellerdall
  •  Forestry and nature conservation – South of Luxembourg, Natural reserve “Prënzebierg Giele Botter
  •  Climate change and risk management – West of Luxembourg “Härebësch” SES Koerich
Contact: For more information contact

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.