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A new research paper by Arne Pommerening et al, has grown out of a master thesis which consisted of a meta analysis of 36 marteloscope experiments all over Britain. The research found that agreement in tree marking is much lower than in comparable experiments in medicine and particularly low, when new management practices, such as crown thinning, are introduced. You can read the full paper here.




CCFG regrets to announce the sad news of the recent death of its founding Chairman Rodney Helliwell. A full account of Rodney’s career and a tribute to his major contribution to the creation and the development of the CCFG can be found in our 2018 Newsletter which will be available in the next couple of weeks. The funeral was held in Derbyshire on March 14 and was attended by the current CCFG chair, Bill Mason.

CCFG Event

Date: 20-23 June 2018
Location: Germany

Description: The 2018 Pro Silva Annual Meeting will be held in Germany with field visits to Weimar, Eibenstock and the Erzgebirge mixed mountain forests and Beichlingen, Hatzfeldt and the ANW BioWild Project. CCFG usually sends one or two delegates to this meeting and assists with their funding. At present there are no spaces available, but there can be late cancellations. If you would be interested in attending if a space became available, please contact for more information.
Contact: For more information contact

CCFG Event

Date: 13 September 2018
Location: Logie Coldstone and Glen Tanar Estates, near Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

Description: An opportunity to visit two estates working with CCF systems in Scots pine as well as some other species, to view the successes, discuss the silvicultural and financial challenges and to consider future options.
Contact: For more information see the flyer or to book your place email

Friday 23rd March 2018, 10:00 until 16:00

The Woodland Trust is running a practical demonstration of ancient woodland restoration at a plantation on ancient woodland site (PAWS) near Machynlleth. The event will showcase:

    • Thinning and winch extraction in a stand of Japanese cedar
    • Chainsaw mill demo, processing extracted Japanese cedar
    • Workshop on lower plants and PAWS restoration
    • Workshop on paleoecology and what we can learn about a site from peat core samples

The event is FREE but places are limited so booking early is advisable to secure your place: BOOK HERE.

Please contact for more information.

CCFG Event

Date: October 2018 tbc
Location: Clocaenog, North Wales


A 2-day course covering the silvicultural principles of CCF management, designed for Foresters, Woodland Officers and Work Supervisors. This event will be delivered by Dr Jens-Uwe Haufe in Ruthin (North Wales), focusing on spruce and fir.

We currently have a definite 3 places available to CCFG members. Contact us urgently to register your interest.

Cost: Maximum of £300 per delegate (cost dependent on final numbers)

Contact: For more information see the summary flyer for the course or contact Mandy at


CCFG Event

Date: 10 & 11 October 2018
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 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 (PDF, 872 KB).
Contact: For more information contact David Pengelly at SelectFor: