This is the intriguing question that will be examined during a visit to Crumblands Plantation in Monmouthshire hosted by Woodland Heritage, Forest Research and Natural Resources Wales. The event takes place on 19th April 2018 and will explore how the research at Crumblands compares with the mass of data accumulated by French managers over 30 years and encapsulated in Jean Lemaire’s book ‘Oak: fine timber in 100 years’.  The day will be chaired by Professor Julian Evans OBE and speakers are Dr Gary Kerr (Forest Research), Geraint Richards (Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall) and Graham Taylor MBE (Pryor and Rickett Silviculture). For more details and to book a place on this day of silvicultural revelry and excellence see the event web page.  Spaces are limited!

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.

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’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.