Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, is hosting a full-day conference to take in the views from the forestry sector, hear from woodland owners and managers who restore and manage Ancient Woodland plus get an update on support and funding available in Wales for these truly important sites.

Ancient woodland is the richest land habitat of wildlife in the UK but only fragments now remain. These longstanding woodland sites are often threatened by issues such as plantations, over grazing and invasive species and will still contain important woodland features, which through careful management can be safeguarded. With sensitive transformation back to a mix of more native species with a greater diversity in age, these woodlands will become more resilient to other threats such as pests, diseases and climate change, ensuring they survive for future generations and also provide all the varied benefits of a well-functioning woodland ecosystem.

This will be a chance to contribute to an open discussion and debate with practitioners and policy makers around practical and best practice management of degraded Ancient Woodland sites in Wales, chaired by CEO of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Shireen Chambers.

See the flyer for more information on the programme and how to book.

This international forestry workshop is being organized jointly by Pro Silva Bohemica and European Forest Institute and held in the Czech Republic from 25th to 26th October 2018.

The workshop will be aimed at one of the hottest topics of today in central European forestry that lies in the necessity to transform pure coniferous even-aged forest stands. Attendees will visit the Exemplary Forest Units of Uneven-aged Forestry within the Forest District of Kocanda and will look at the transformation of 25 years of pure even-aged Norway spruce stands applying Pro Silva principles. See the letter of invitation for further details and how to book your place.

This bibliography produced by Sam B. Manning and James D. Walmsley was published in August 2018 and builds on from Sharon Rodhouse and Edward R. Wilson’s two previous bibliographies published in 2006 and 2010 respectively, which compiled research published in the subject area of CCF. It features a selection of peer reviewed research papers, reviews and text books published between January 2011 and May 2018, authored by academics and forest professionals from across the world. This publication is freely available to CCFG members in the members area of the website. 

As you know, the Tree Charter is seeding a movement that both accepts and repays the debt owed to trees and woods. A society where people and trees are stronger together, leaning on each other and keeping each other upright too. This petition and the protections it could bring could be the start to bringing the Tree Charter to life and in giving our ancients the future they deserve. A long time woodland defender, David Dickinson, has independently created a petition which puts this in our grasp. After all, a country that cares for its future respects its past. If the law can’t back that, what will? 

Here’s the petition on the government petition website. Please sign it to how your support.


A new research paper by Arne Pommerening et al, has grown out of a master thesis which consisted of a meta analysis of 36 marteloscope experiments all over Britain. The research found that agreement in tree marking is much lower than in comparable experiments in medicine and particularly low, when new management practices, such as crown thinning, are introduced. You can read the full paper here.




CCFG regrets to announce the sad news of the recent death of its founding Chairman Rodney Helliwell. A full account of Rodney’s career and a tribute to his major contribution to the creation and the development of the CCFG can be found in our 2018 Newsletter which will be available in the next couple of weeks. The funeral was held in Derbyshire on March 14 and was attended by the current CCFG chair, Bill Mason.

Friday 23rd March 2018, 10:00 until 16:00

The Woodland Trust is running a practical demonstration of ancient woodland restoration at a plantation on ancient woodland site (PAWS) near Machynlleth. The event will showcase:

    • Thinning and winch extraction in a stand of Japanese cedar
    • Chainsaw mill demo, processing extracted Japanese cedar
    • Workshop on lower plants and PAWS restoration
    • Workshop on paleoecology and what we can learn about a site from peat core samples

The event is FREE but places are limited so booking early is advisable to secure your place: BOOK HERE.

Please contact for more information.