The CCFG committee is starting the search for a new Honorary Treasurer who would also serve as a member of the CCFG committee.
 
Jim Ralph, our current Treasurer, plans to stand down at the upcoming AGM in February 2022 after some 10 years in the position. Jim has kindly prepared the attached notes outlining the Treasurer’s duties which take up about 2-3 hours a month. The Treasurer can be located in any part of Great Britain and fulfils an important role in guiding the future activities of the CCFG.
 

If you are interested in this position, please write to Michelle Raisborough (administrator@ccfg.org.uk) by January 31st 2022 giving brief information on your experience and the reasons that you are interested in this position.

If several applications are received, then you may be asked to attend a brief online interview.
 
For any further details or information, please contact Michelle Raisborough, Bill Mason (bpmason@blueyonder.co.uk) or Jim Ralph (jimralph111@btinternet.com)
 
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Our AGM is due to be held on Wednesday 17th February 2021, at 1pm via online platform Zoom. If you would like to attend please book your space through Ticket Tailor: BOOK NOW

Please contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk with your apologies if you wish to.

All members are welcome!

Kind regards

The CCFG Committee

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.

 

If you would like to attend you can book your ticket HERE.

 

Applying CCF in Boreal Pine Forests
With Sauli Valkonen, (Natural Resources Institute of Finland)

Following our fifth successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE

Sauli Valkonen lives in Coastal Pernaja near the Finnish capital, Helsinki and he works as a researcher at the Natural Resources Institute of Finland (Luke). For about 20 years, his focus has been on Continuous Cover Forestry, including silvicultural, ecological, and management issues.

The Nordic boreal forests dominated by Norway spruce and Scots pine have been his main playground, with research on CCF conducted in Europe, California and East Africa. He has long-lasting ties to UK forests and forestry, beginning with a student traineeship at Forestry Commission in Wales (Aberystwyth). English football and tea (and the Tube) are dear to his heart.

 

Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

Applying CCF in lowland Broadleaved Woods
With Andy Poore, (SelectFor)

Following our forth successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE

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.

 

Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

Using CCF on Steep Ground and with Big Trees
With Gareth Browning, (Forestry England)

Following our third successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE

 

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.

 

Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

Using CCF in Even-Aged Spruce plantations
With Phil Morgan, (Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor)


Following our second successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE


Phil Morgan is one of the leading British experts in continuous cover forestry. He is a director of both Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor and has been a Fellow of the ICF since 2003. During his career he has worked in the Far East, Europe and North America. He now lives in Wales where his efforts are focused on the transformation of upland coniferous plantations to highly productive mixed continuous cover forests.

He was a previous chairman of CCFG and president of Pro Silva. He is now the vice-president of the AFI and chairman of the Irregular Silviculture Network (ISN). He runs the network of AFI research stands in the UK and Ireland and is developing a network of ISN monitoring plots, forest inventories and marteloscopes in Wales.


Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

Using CCF in Ancient Woodland Restoration
With Adam Thorogood, Coed Cadw (The Woodland Trust Wales)


Following our very successful webinar we have now made a recording available on YouTube for anyone that missed it or would like to revisit: VIEW NOW ON YOUTUBE

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 a Masters in Forestry from the University of Bangor and owns a 12 hectare PAWS, Coed Esgair Las, with 6 other partners, where the principles of CCF underpin the management approach.


Please contact Michelle at administrator@ccfg.org.uk if you have any questions.

This Sunday marks the International Day of Forests 2021 with the theme of’’ Restoration, a path to recovery and well-being’’


The theme of the International Day of Forests for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.” The restoration and sustainable management of forests help address the climate-change and biodiversity crises. It also produces goods and services for sustainable development, fostering an economic activity that creates jobs and improves lives.

This year’s theme fits into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a call for the protection and revival of ecosystems around the world.

 

You can read more about this HERE

CCFG members may be aware of the recent report on ‘Biodiversity, Forestry and Wood’ published by Confor in July 2020. Unfortunately, this report makes some statements about the potential role of CCF in British forests which are not supported by the evidence. We have therefore prepared a short paper setting out our criticisms of these aspects of the report which can be found here. We hope that you find this paper helpful and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.