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.

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).

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 for more details. There is possible assistance with funding.