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.

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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.

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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.


Phil Morgan from Sustainable Forest Management and SelectFor discusses in this webinar (delivered in June 2020) silvicultural methodologies, with an emphasis on Continious Cover Forestry (CCF) and Planted Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS). The webinar provides an insight into the concept of CCF and management techniques, for new and current woodland owners. It is also an opportunity to discover and learn how to transform your woodland into one that can provide an income whilst developing into a sustainably thriving woodland for the future. Webinar

Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex—meaning the arrangement of vegetation is highly varied—sequester more carbon, according to a new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. The study demonstrates for the first time that a forest’s structural complexity is a better predictor of carbon sequestration potential than tree species diversity. The discovery may hold implications for the mitigation of climate change. Read the article in full here.

Several Bangor University students recently attended the CCFG Foreign Study Tour to Italy. In advance of a detailed report coming soon in our newsletter, Bangor University have published a short news item.

The RSFS Monitor Woods Scheme and its data management programme ‘Canopy’ are designed to provide a unique research and learning resource across the forestry sector and for the wider public. The principle objective is to facilitate access to good practice in forestry and to encourage more and better managed woods to deliver an optimum range of multiple benefits for public and private good.

Simon will use his extensive forestry and environmental knowledge and facilitation skills gained during his career to date in both temperate and tropical forestry to plan, lead and execute a development strategy to promote the adoption of the Monitor Wood Scheme across Scotland’s forest sector; State, Private and Voluntary, with visits to assess and recruit suitable Monitor Woods.

Simon will also be responsible for data management, ensuring appropriate dissemination of information and learning, through provision and maintenance of Canopy, the scheme’s publicly accessible online data resource.

More information about the Monitor Woods Sceme will be appearing on the societies website
Simon can be contacted at