CCFG Event

Date: Thursday 13th October 2022
Location: Wales – CEFN LLWYD FOREST
Near Llandrillo, Bala, Gwynedd
Meeting Time: 09:30am


Description:

Further details to follow.

We advise you to bring a packed lunch and clothing to suit any weather we may encounter.

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Booking:

To book your space to attend this event please complete our booking form: Here

Contact:

If you have any questions please contact: administrator@ccfg.org.uk.

CCFG Event

Date: 27th October 2022
Location: Starts in Traquair Village Hall,Innerleithen EH44 6PJ


Description:

The course aims to explore options for transformation to CCF management in forest stands which have hitherto been managed under a clearfell-and-restock regime.

***This course is currently only open to CCFG Members, Cost £125***

CONTINUOUS COVER FORESTRY COURSE INFORMATION

A 3-hour indoor session will summarise the pre-requisites and the main silvicultural methods for successful transformation to CCF. The afternoon site visit includes a number of exercises to assess the potential for transformation to CCF on a number of sites. Course location is the upper Tweed valley, with site visits scheduled in either Cardrona or Yair forest, the venue for the indoor session is Traquair Village Hall, Innerleithen EH44 6PJ There is parking available.

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • explain the principles of CCF management
  • assess the potential for transformation to CCF on any given site
  • design suitable thinning strategies to improve stand stability with regard to wind damage
  • choose appropriate transformation methods and design forest operations accordingly

CONSIDERATIONS WE SHOULD MAKE PARTICIPANTS AWARE OF:

The afternoon will be spent on field visits in the forest. There will be no toilet facilities available during that time. Transport between field visit stops by car. Walking distances are generally short but up to 1.5 miles on one occasion. Walking will include rough ground. Suitable footwear and weather-proof clothing are essential, eye protection is advisable. There will be midges!

RECOMMENDED PRE-COURSE READING:

“Silvicultural Principles of Continuous Cover Forestry. A Guide to Best Practice.” This will be provided as course handout but pre-course reading would be beneficial to participants.

Spaces are limited to 12 participants so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Contact: administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

We currently have 12 places available to CCFG members. Contact us urgently to register your interest.

Cost: £125 per delegate

 

CCFG Event

Date: Thursday 6th October 2022
Location: Glentress Forest, Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders
Meeting Time: 09:30am


Description:

“A return to the Scottish Borders to see the CCF managed areas of the Tweed valley and consider the impacts of storm damage, here from Storm Arwen and P ramorum on future plans.”

Meeting Point – Glentress Café

The café will be open from 9am for the purchase of food and drinks.

Parking – car park location tbc (subject to on-going civils works). Usual parking charges will be wavered for the CCFG visit.

Event details:

The morning will be spent taking a walk through part of the former University of Edinburgh transformation trial area set up in 1952. We hope this will generate much discussion about its history of the area, the current management opportunities and challenges and its future.

A picnic lunch, bring your own, will be at a view point overlooking the Tweed valley unless the weather is really inclement.

In the afternoon we will head lower down into Glentress forest. Here the forest is dominated by Sitka Spruce and the Region is in the process of revision the 10 year land management plan for Glentress, Cardrona and Cademuir forests. We will break into smaller groups to discuss options to manage this area to deliver the objectives using CCF in the light of the lessons learnt from the trial area and the current pressures and demands on forest managers.

Other information:

The morning walk will be c2hrs including discussion time on tracks and rides in the forest.

The afternoon will can be done by observing from the forest road but with the option to walk into stands for a better look at the condition of the forest.

There are toilets at Glentress Peel but none in the forest.

We are intending to car share to drive up into the forest. The roads are suitable for ordinary cars but they are water bound roads and the drivers will need to make their own judgement.

To bring:

We advise you to bring a packed lunch, water and clothing to suit any weather we may encounter including good boots and waterproofs.

Biosecurity

Please make sure your boots and gear are clean before you arrive. There are suspect P ramorum cases in the Tweed Valley and there is vulnerable larch within Glentress.

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact:

If you have any questions please contact: administrator@ccfg.org.uk.

CCFG Event

Date: Thursday 26th May 2022
Location: Cranborne & Crichel Down Estates, East Dorset
Meeting Time: 09.15 for 09.45 start


Description:

Growth responses to interventions during the transition of Douglas fir and oak plantations to irregular structures.

A major gap in our knowledge relating to the transition of even-aged stands to permanently irregular structures is the lack of stand/ yield models. This meeting will consider this issue in light of increment and growing stock information in a number of Douglas fir stands in various stages of transformation and will also consider the growth response of oak plantations subject to innovative thinning regimes. 

We advise you to bring a packed lunch and clothing to suit any weather we may encounter.

Spaces are limited to 40 people so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Bookings:  
Contact: If you have any queries please contact: administrator@ccfg.org.uk

ThinkForest webinar on Closer to Nature Forest Management – recording Available

In case you missed the event or want to watch it again, a recording of the event is now available on Youtube.

A presentation on the study ‘Closer to Nature Forest Management’ held in the event by Prof. Jørgen Bo Larsen is available here.

 

The ThinkForest event asks:

• What are the current pressures on forest biodiversity in managed forests as well as on forests’ health and resilience?

• What kind of existing nature-based forest management approaches are there – and what is their ability to support biodiversity, stability and adaptability to uncertain future conditions?

• What could be the guiding principles and framework for flexible European-wide implementation of Closer-to-Nature Forest Management?

• What are the barriers and opportunities for its implementation?

CCFG will be hosting their next webinar: Freestyle silviculture in Slovenia – with Professor Jurij Daici 24th March 2022 4pm – 5pm

This online event is hosted by CCFG featuring Professor Jurij Daici who will deliver a 30 minute presentation on this topic. This will be followed by a question and answer session for participants.

Professor Jurij Diaci is head of the Department of Silviculture at the Department of Forestry, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Ljubljana and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He gained practical experience in silviculture while working in the Nazarje mountain region in the Savinja Alps. 

His research work is in the field of forest ecology and silviculture, with emphasis on old-growth forests and uneven-aged mixed managed forests. He is interested in forest response and adaptation to climate change, as well as the scientific basis for close-to-nature, ecological forestry. He has led more than 20 national research projects, participated in several international projects (e.g., BEAR, NATMAN, LISS, ONEforest), and is fascinated with networking science and practice. 

He has written and edited several books and published more than 80 scientific articles. He has served as a board member of the international association Pro Silva and is chairman of the board of the Pahernik Foundation, which manages 630 hectares of forest that has been managed in a close-to-nature approach for more than 100 years.

CCFG will be hosting their next webinar: Using Forest Development Types to implement CCF – with Dr Jens Haufe (Forestry Research) 27th January 2022 4pm – 5pm


This online event is hosted by CCFG featuring Dr Jens Haufe who will deliver a 30 minute presentation on this topic. This will be followed by a question and answer session for participants.

 

Dr Jens Haufe is the Head of Technical Development branch, Forest Research and is based in Ae, Scotland.

 

His main role is a silvicultural trainer/advisor and many professional foresters will have attended one of his courses. Before joining the Forestry Commission he worked at Bangor University on the Tyfiant Coed project.

 

 

 

CCFG will be hosting their next webinar: Applying CCF in Lowland Broadleaved Woods – with Andy Poore (SelectFor) 28th October 2021 4pm – 5pm


This online event is hosted by CCFG featuring Andy Poore who will deliver a 30 minute presentation on this topic. This will be followed by a question and answer session for participants.

 

 

Andy acts as a manager and consultant for a number of large private estates in South West England and other public and commercial clients. He is particularly experienced in managing sites with high nature conservation and heritage values. Other areas of expertise are broadleaved silviculture, forest economics and mensuration in irregular stands.

 

 

 

 

CCFG will be hosting their next webinar: Applying CCF on Steep Ground & with Big Trees – with Gareth Browning (Forestry England) 24th June 2021 4pm – 5pm


This online event is hosted by CCFG featuring Gareth Browning who will deliver a 30 minute presentation on this topic. This will be followed by a question and answer session for participants.

Gareth Browning lives with his family in Cockermouth in North West Cumbria and works as a Forester with Forestry England looking after the forests and valleys around Keswick, Cockermouth, and Ennerdale. With over 30 years of working in North Cumbria Gareth has built up much experience in managing forests on steep ground with high public visibility and access to support multiple public benefits. He has experimented with using Continuous Cover techniques on steep ground and with large trees and multi storeys since the mid 1990’s. In addition to his expertise in Continuous Cover Forestry Gareth is a founding partner in Wild Ennerdale, a leading landscape scale rewilding partnership where he has developed expertise in natural process led nature recovery.

Out of his role as a forester Gareth enjoys biking, kayaking, travel and photography and is part of the Leadership team of Christ Church in Cockermouth.

 

CCFG will be hosting their first in a series of Webinars on 22nd April 2021 4pm – 5pm to promote the use of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF).

This online event was hosted by CCFG featuring Adam Thorogood who delivered a 30 minute presentation around the subject matter. This was followed by a question and answer session for participants.

Adam works for Coed Cadw (The Woodland Trust Wales) as a Woodland Outreach Advisor. His core work is to collaborate with woodland owners in order to bring Planted Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) into management. Where possible this involves transformation to an irregular forest structure and he has found that the objectives of restoration often work in parallel with those of transformation. He is part of the team managing Allt Boeth in the Rheidol valley, where CCF is being used to gradually restore a 22 hectare PAWS to native broadleaves. 

Before working for Coed Cadw, Adam worked for Llais y Goedwig on the StarTree EU-funded research project, looking at silviculture and supply chains for non-timber forest products in Wales, he also worked as a forestry contractor on a number of sites in the Dyfi Valley, Wales, carrying out thinning operations in PAWS and ASNW. He holds an Masters in Forestry from Bangor University and owns a 12 hectare PAWS, Coed Esgair Las, with 6 other partners, where the principles of CCF underpin the management approach.