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CCFG Event
Date: 18 & 19 April 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, 860 KB).
Contact: For more information contact David Pengelly at SelectFor: david@selectfor.com
CCFG Event
Date: 22 May 2018
Location: Yorkshire Forest District


Description: CCFG England plan to hold the 2018 meeting in the north after 3 years of meetings in the south and east of England. The group last visited this area in May 2000 and will plan to revisit some of the sites we looked at then. A write up of that visit can be found in the members section in the CCFG Newsletter 17, July 2000, pages 8-12.
Contact: For more information see the flyer or contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk to book your place.

CCFG Event

Date: 20 September 2018
Location: Tavistock Woodland Estate and the Bradford-Hutt System


Description: This visit is set in Southwest England and is being hosted by Tavistock Woodlands Estate.  The day will give an in-depth look at the Bradford-Hutt system for transforming even-aged stands to continuous cover management.
Contact: For more information see the flyer or contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk to book your place.

CCFG Event

Date: 27 September 2018
Location: Coed Nant yr Eira


Description: Phil Morgan will host a visit to Coed Nant yr Eira, a 300-hectare forestry plantation in conversion to continuous cover lying between Llanerfyl and Talerddig in Powys. The transformation was started by Talis Kalnars in the 1990s. Challenging topography and ground conditions have resulted in a mosaic of small coupes in adaptive response to windblow, with ensuing issues of regeneration and light control. Some cleared areas have been re-stocked with an intimate planting pattern to match site types, and several stands are developing more irregular structures.
Contact: For more information see the flyer or contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk to book your place.
This is the intriguing question that will be examined during a visit to Crumblands Plantation in Monmouthshire hosted by Woodland Heritage, Forest Research and Natural Resources Wales. The event takes place on 19th April 2018 and will explore how the research at Crumblands compares with the mass of data accumulated by French managers over 30 years and encapsulated in Jean Lemaire’s book ‘Oak: fine timber in 100 years’.  The day will be chaired by Professor Julian Evans OBE and speakers are Dr Gary Kerr (Forest Research), Geraint Richards (Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall) and Graham Taylor MBE (Pryor and Rickett Silviculture).
CCFG Event
Date: 05 October 2017

Location: Coed Llandegla, near Coedpoeth.


Description: A return to North Wales is planned after two years of visits in the South. Coed Llandegla is a privately owned forest in the hills west of Wrexham. Like Bryn Arau Duon, the location of last year’s visit, it is a spruce dominated upland forest. Management drivers are different, though, including heavy recreational use and black grouse conservation. For purists, the silvicultural methods adopted might not be considered CCF, but are they a pragmatic approach to achieving a degree of irregularity in an upland spruce forest managed for multiple benefits?

Flyer: For more information, please download the PDF flyer (  PDF, 275 KB).

Contact: Contact the CCFG Administrator if you would like to attend: administrator@ccfe.org.uk
CCFG Event
Date: 28 September 2017

Location: Eildon Estate and the Bowhill Estate at Melrose and Selkirk.


Description: The visit is being hosted by Buccleuch Estates Ltd on their Eildon Estate. The woodlands that surround Eildon House are a key part of the famous Scott’s view, one of the most photographed tourist viewpoints in the Scottish Borders. The visit will concentrate on the practicalities and challenges of operating continuous cover forestry in coniferous / broadleaved mixed woodland on a moist, rich site in the Scottish Lowlands.

Flyer: For more information, please download the PDF flyer (214 KB ).

Contact: Contact the CCFG Administrator if you would like to attend: administrator@ccfe.org.uk
CCFG Event
Date: 04 to 07 September 2017

Location: Denmark – Alborg in north Jutland to Zealand near Copenhagen.


Description: Denmark has a similar forest history to parts of Britain with afforestation programmes in the nineteenth century being followed by a strategy of converting many of the even-aged stands to close-to-nature management. Our trip will take us from Alborg in north Jutland to Zealand near Copenhagen and we will visit both state and private forests and see conifer stands, mixed forests and quality broad-leaved woodland.

Contact: Contact the CCFG Administrator if you would like to attend: administrator@ccfe.org.uk