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The 2017 Pro Silva Annual Meeting will be held in Sibiu, Romania. One or two CCFG members are permitted to attend the meeting with CCFG Chair, Bill Mason. If you are interested please contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk for more details. There is possible assistance with funding.

CCFG Event
Date: Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October, 2016

Location: Stourhead (Weston) Estate


Description: This two day course held at Stourhead (Weston) Estate, Stourton, near Mere and the Rushmore Estate on the Wiltshire/Dorest border is offered by SelectFor Ltd. The 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 costs £330+VAT per person. For further details see the attached booking form or contact David Pengelly.

More than 50 organisations, led by the Woodland Trust, are leading UK society in a call for a charter that will ensure that people and trees can stand stronger together in the future. This charter, strengthened by support from all corners of society, will provide guidelines and principles for policy, decision-makers, businesses, communities and individuals.

CCFG is pleased to be supporting a consultation, hosted by Sylva Foundation, that will enable woodland owners and custodians across the UK to help define the 2017 Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

This consultation is the only activity specifically aimed at ensuring the views of woodland owners or custodians are reflected in the Charter. More than two-thirds of woodlands are held in private hands, so it is vital that the voices of woodland owners/custodians are reflected in the charter.

To take part visit: sylva.org.uk/myforest/charter

CCFG Event
Date: Friday 30th September, 2016

Location: Bryn Arau Duon


Description: The Wales visit was to Bryn Arau Duon managed by Phil Morgan and Huw Denman. Bryn Arau Duon is a fascinating example of how the principles of continuous cover forestry can be applied in what most British foresters would normally consider to be clearfelling territory; an upland, even-aged Sitka spruce plantation. CCFG last visited Bryn Arau Duon in 2009. A full report will be available in due course. Follow links to the handout, Schutz Curves Scenarios, harvesting summary, rack spacing, working circles map and bad working circles as were discussed on the day.

CCFG Event
Date: Thursday 29th September, 2016

Location: The Castle Hotel, Llandovery


Description: We celebrated CCFG’s 25th anniversary with an evening dinner at The Castel Hotel in Llandovery. Guest speakers, Philippe Morgan, President of Pro Silva Europe and Jurij Diaci of the University of Ljubljana discussed the challenges of the next 25 years. See the presentation delivered by Jurij Diaci and the presentation delivered by Phil Morgan.

CCFG Event
Date: Thursday 8 September, 2016

Location: Glenbranter Forest, Cowal


Description: This meeting was held in Glenbranter Forest, Cowal and involved visits to some of the finest stands of old conifers in the British Isles. The morning was spent at Pucks Glen, the afternoon at Dukes Wood and the roundup at Ritual Grove. A full report will be available in due course.

CCFG’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated with an evening dinner with speakers at The Castle Hotel, Llandovery on Thursday 29th September 2016. See the news release and flyer for more details about CCFG events please visit our events pages. The AGM will be at 5pm.

BioWild Project

The ANW Deutschland e.V. (Pro Silva Germany association, headed by Hans von der Goltz) started at the end of 2015 a project called “BioWild”, dealing with the disequilibrium between natural forest regeneration / forest biodiversity and ungulate populations in Germany. In close cooperation with the universities of Dresden (Prof. Michael Muller), Gottingen (Prof. Christian Ammer) and Munich (Prof. Thomas Knoke) 25,000 hectares of forest lands will be monitored within 5 pilot regions for the upcoming 6 years. Our key objective is to promote biodiverse, mixed, stable and resilient forests. Based on field observations the BioWild-Project memberswill demonstrate to the public, and to the participating forest owners and hunters in particular, which immediate and long term ecologic and economic effects their decisions have on silvicultural issues, biodiversity or hunting. For this purpose the project results will be processed as easily understandable demonstration sites in the pilot regions. Guiding principles for policy and decision support will also be formulated. If you want to get more information about the BioWild-Project, please go to www.biowildprojekt.de.