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CCFG Event

Date: 17 & 18 April 2019
Location: Stourhead (Western) Estate, Stourton, near Mere and the Rushmore Estate on the Wiltshire/Dorset border

Description: 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. The two-day course incorporates site visits in irregular coniferous and broadleaved stands and looks in detail at the silviculture of transformation and the monitoring of stand structure and performance. For more information see the flyer (PDF 3MB).
Contact: For more information contact David Pengelly at SelectFor:

In order to continually improve the benefits of membership to the CCFG, committee member Chris Andrews has prepared a very useful map tool which allows you to visually see on a map all of CCFG’s past field visits. Our members have the option of logging in from this page to be taken directly to the reports available for those visits too. You can find the tool on our Events page.

Based either at Whitney Sawmills in Herefordshire or from home, this new post will be responsible for the smooth running of this small but growing charity (No. 1041611), at the heart of the timber supply chain.

Salary: £8,736 for 14 hours per week (£21,840 per annum fte), plus reasonable expenses and generous holiday allowance for a post with an initial term of two years.

For more details, or for a Job Description, please contact

To apply, please send to the e-mail address above your current CV plus up to 500 words describing the skills, knowledge and experience you would bring to fulfil the needs of the Job Description.

Application deadline: 12 pm (noon) on Friday, 25th January 2019

Short-listed candidates will be invited to interviews to be held on Friday, 1st February in Surrey

Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, is hosting a full-day conference to take in the views from the forestry sector, hear from woodland owners and managers who restore and manage Ancient Woodland plus get an update on support and funding available in Wales for these truly important sites.

Ancient woodland is the richest land habitat of wildlife in the UK but only fragments now remain. These longstanding woodland sites are often threatened by issues such as plantations, over grazing and invasive species and will still contain important woodland features, which through careful management can be safeguarded. With sensitive transformation back to a mix of more native species with a greater diversity in age, these woodlands will become more resilient to other threats such as pests, diseases and climate change, ensuring they survive for future generations and also provide all the varied benefits of a well-functioning woodland ecosystem.

This will be a chance to contribute to an open discussion and debate with practitioners and policy makers around practical and best practice management of degraded Ancient Woodland sites in Wales, chaired by CEO of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Shireen Chambers.

See the flyer for more information on the programme and how to book.

This international forestry workshop is being organized jointly by Pro Silva Bohemica and European Forest Institute and held in the Czech Republic from 25th to 26th October 2018.

The workshop will be aimed at one of the hottest topics of today in central European forestry that lies in the necessity to transform pure coniferous even-aged forest stands. Attendees will visit the Exemplary Forest Units of Uneven-aged Forestry within the Forest District of Kocanda and will look at the transformation of 25 years of pure even-aged Norway spruce stands applying Pro Silva principles. See the letter of invitation for further details and how to book your place.

This bibliography produced by Sam B. Manning and James D. Walmsley was published in August 2018 and builds on from Sharon Rodhouse and Edward R. Wilson’s two previous bibliographies published in 2006 and 2010 respectively, which compiled research published in the subject area of CCF. It features a selection of peer reviewed research papers, reviews and text books published between January 2011 and May 2018, authored by academics and forest professionals from across the world. This publication is freely available to CCFG members in the members area of the website. 

As you know, the Tree Charter is seeding a movement that both accepts and repays the debt owed to trees and woods. A society where people and trees are stronger together, leaning on each other and keeping each other upright too. This petition and the protections it could bring could be the start to bringing the Tree Charter to life and in giving our ancients the future they deserve. A long time woodland defender, David Dickinson, has independently created a petition which puts this in our grasp. After all, a country that cares for its future respects its past. If the law can’t back that, what will? 

Here’s the petition on the government petition website. Please sign it to how your support.