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.

Forestry Vacancies

Woodland Heritage seeks a Director to lead, represent, co-ordinate development, expand membership, inspire and enable new ideas and opportunities to help the woodland sector. For further information, please visit: www.woodlandheritage.org/work-for-us

A respected forestry consulting business in the East of England, which provides practical woodland management and consultancy services to landowners is offering a “self emplyment” opportunity to a young forestry graduate or similarly qualified individual. For further information, please contact Rod Pass on 01440 783820 or submit CV to rjpass@btconnect.com.

The Forest Service of the Rhineland Palatinate (Landes-forsten Rheinland-Pfalz) have been promoting an approach to forest management which has similar features to CCF and PAWS restoration, but they call it QD – Qualification-Dimensioning (Qualifizieren – Dimensionieren). A feature of their regeneration policy is to mark clumps, 5 – 7 m in diameter and at 12 to 18 m distance centre to centre, where regeneration is managed as minimally as possible so that it will eventually give the premium crop trees which are one of their objectives. Elsewhere regeneration is not interfered with. See information sheet.