CCFG Event

Date: 11 October 2019
Location: St Pierre’s Great Wood


This year we will be taking a break from upland Sitka Spruce plantations to visit the extreme South East of Wales and to explore mixed woodland flanking the spectacular Wye Valley. Close to Chepstow, St Pierre’s Great Wood is 107 hectares of mixed plantations on an ancient woodland site, with base-rich soils overlying limestone. Design plan objectives here are to restore semi-natural native woodland via lower impact silvicultural systems, leading ultimately to CCF management, delivering biodiversity, timber and resilient woodland for amenity, conservation and recreation. We are grateful to Natural Resources Wales for agreeing to host us. Please see the flyer for further details.

Contact: For more information or to reserve your place, please contact

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 to book your place.
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:
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 the links below for resources and the discussion topics:

CCFG Event
Date: Wednesday 14 October, 2015

Location: Ffrwdgrech Estate and the wider USK courtesy of Pryor and Rickett Silviculture

Description: The 2015 Wales meeting was held at Ffrwdgrech Estate which has been owned by the Evans family for over 100 years. The day was led by Ian Barrington of Pryor and Rickett Silviculture. Ian took over the management of the Estate from the late Talis Kalnars in 2005 and has continued to apply similar management techniques since then. Reports will be available in due course.