Internship Sought

CCFG have been contacted by a French student seeking a 6 month internship in the UK. The student is seeking to work on a Pro Silva / CCF project. Please contact Mandy our administrator if you are interested and would like to see the CV.

One-day seminar meeting arranged by Dr Scott McG. Wilson with the Institute of Chartered Foresters (North Scotland Region) and University of Aberdeen, dealing with the potential of mixtures of Sitka spruce and alternative conifers for resilient upland forestry. Details of the seminar and booking arrangements are available through the Institute of Chartered Foresters website events section. There is no charge for meeting attendance but a buffet lunch will be available for a charge of £6 (payable on the day of the meeting).

Resilient woodlands – everybody’s talking about them but what should they be doing? A unique conference organised jointly by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the Woodland Trust, is bringing together economists, conservationists, woodland managers and foresters to look at the question from all angles, including a presentation by Phillipe Morgan on the contribution of CCF to forest resilience.

Resilient Woodlands: meeting the challenges is open to all and includes a number of plenary sessions to encourage debate. To view the full programme and to book tickets go to www.rfs.org.uk/events/conferences-and-seminars.

The Wood Show 2015 will be held at the Weald and Downland Museum. Celebrate the many uses of wood – from woodland crafts, horse logging and charcoal burning, right through to finished products for the home and garden. For further details see the flyer.

CCFG AGM

The CCFG AGM will be held on Thursday the 18th of June 2015 and conducted via video link between Alice Holt, Aberystwyth and NRS Roslin. All members are welcome to attend or to send any items for inclusion to Mandy Clinch at administrator@ccfg.org.uk. The Agenda and accompanying papers are available for members to view in our members area.

John Packham Obituary

Sadly John Packham a founder member of CCFG died on the 11th of March 2015. John was widely interested in woodlands and forestry. You can read his Obituary kindly provided by I.C. Trueman.

The Pro Silva Annual Meeting is to be held in Brno in the Czech Republic 16-20 September 2015. For further information see the Preliminary Program. If you are interested in attending please contact the CCFG Administrator.

CCFG Constitution

Following discussions over the last two years, the CCFG Constitution has now been revised to take account of comments from members and legal advice. The version now shown in the members’ area has been agreed by the CCFG Committee. As agreed at last year’s AGM (see item 4.1 of the draft minutes), members are asked to send any comments to Bill Mason by March 15.

Drought damage to Sitka spruce in eastern Britain and disease impacts on pine, and larch more widely, suggest that total reliance on Sitka spruce monocultures for upland forestry may prove unwise. The project re-evaluates mixed-species upland plantations which combine Sitka spruce with alternative productive conifers such as Norway spruce, Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir and noble fir, and touches on other potential alternatives.

The outcomes suggest that this approach could offer significant benefits of resilience to novel pests and diseases and, to a lesser extent, climate change. There are also advantages in terms of silvicultural development and ecological sustainability. The full report can be viewed on the Scottish Forestry Trust website.