30 Years of Applying CCF in Perthshire
With Charlie Taylor

Following our most recent 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

Charlie Taylor is currently Strategic Planning Manager for Forestry and Land Scotland. Prior to this, for nearly 30 years, he was Forest District Manager in Tay Forest District through the various incarnations of the Forestry Commission during that time. He led a large team tasked with looking after 38,000 ha of the national forests across Perth & Kinross, Angus, Dundee and north-east Fife. This included large operational programmes (e.g. 100,000m3 of clearfelling and 70,000m3 of thinning), a Forest Park, a Woodland Park, 6 Special Areas for Conservation, 13 SSSI sites, numerous cultural heritage sites and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.

Before moving to Tay he was a Siviculture Project Leader in Forest Research, based at the Northern Research Station. Although initially focussed on forest nutrition, the portfolio of projects expanded to include species trials and agroforestry experiments spread across the uplands of Britain. The silvicultural experience gained during this time provided the drive to initiate the large-scale development of CCF in the national forests in Scotland. The proposed commitment of over 250ha in Craigvinean Forest near Dunkeld to CCF in 1991 required a full Forestry Commission (GB) Board meeting on site to agree this first major exception to the policy prevailing at that time.

Over the next three decades the area committed to CCF rolled out to many other forests across the District. Sustaining the thinning and cleaning programme to deliver this proved challenging due to the vagaries of the timber market, the scale of the programmes, scattered nature of regneration, contractor skills and turnover of staff.

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

Freestyle Silviculture in Slovenia
With Professor Jurij Diaci

Following our most recent 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

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.

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

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: Book HERE
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 Event

Date: 14-17 June 2022
Location: Luxembourg


Description:

The next Annual Meeting of Pro Silva will be in Luxembourg from 14th to 17th June 2022, after an unfortunate delay of two years.  Pro Silva Luxembourg will offer a comprehensive excursion program with specific topics and have also invited special guests to support the thematic discussion. The detailed program and the registration link will be published here:

https://www.prosilva.org/activities/annual-meetings/annual-meeting-2022/

Contact: For more information contact administrator@ccfg.org.uk.

Using Forest Development Types to Implement CCF
With Dr Jens Haufe, (Forest Research)

Following our sixth 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

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.

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

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.