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Below are profiles for our instructors who will be leading this year's Wise About Woods Training Courses. Each instructor brings a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise as a forestry educator. 

  • Julian Evans - Course 1. Essential guide to caring for your wood
  • Matt Parratt - Course 2. Getting to grips with conifer identification
  • Mike Jones - Course 3. Essentials for measuring your trees and wood
  • Gavin Munro - Course 4. Grading and measuring your timber

 

Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor

Course 1. Essential guide to caring for your wood

Julian is immediate past president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and presently chairs the Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Science. However he has a keen interest in caring for and managing smaller woodlands as he has owned one himself of 30 acres for more than 30 years. He has written several books about his experiences as an owner including ‘Getting Started in Your Own Wood’ (Permanent Publications).

He is a member of RFS Council and of the Editorial Board of QJF.


Note: Copies of Julian's book 'Getting Started in Your Own Wood' are available from the RFS Shop at a special discounted price: here 


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Julian Evans

Julian Evans

Matt Parratt

Course 2. Getting to grips with conifer identification

Matt has worked with plants in some shape or form throughout his career. In 2004 he switched from agricultural crops to trees. Since then his interest in trees has grown to the point where he is now the Conifer referee for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and leads tree identification workshops and courses for a broad range of botanical and ecological groups. When not working with trees directly he can often be found using holidays as an excuse to visit some of the world's most charismatic and rare examples in their native habitats.

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 Matt Parratt

Matt Parratt

Mike Jones MICFor

Course 3. Essentials for measuring your trees and wood

Mike Jones graduated in Forestry in 1982, and spent 12 years working on private estates in Yorkshire, latterly as Head Forester on Garrowby Estate near York. After gaining a teaching qualification, he went to teach forestry at Newton Rigg College, which later became part of the University of Cumbria. In 2007 he joined the Forestry Commission, firstly in Scotland, then North England,  where he was responsible for planning and surveys. During a career break from the Commission, Mike spent time as an independent consultant, advising  owners on woodland management, and auditing forestry organisations against the UKWAS certification scheme. Mike is a Chartered Forester.

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Mike Jones

Gavin Munro

Course 4. Grading and measuring your timber

Gavin brings 55 years experience in the forestry sector. In the early 1960s he started with Bernwood Forest, north Oxford (FC), and Kennington Nursery, Hazelburgh (at Silverstone), Thetford Forest. He studied forestry from 1965-67 at Gwydr Forestry School (Forestry Commission). He then spent four years at Clocaenog, North Wales; and four years in the FC Training Branch at Machynlleth (Dovey Forest). Gavin joined the private sector in 1976 and worked for Forest Thinnings for eight years. From 1984 he became a full-time hardwood buyer and worked for various firms in England and Scotland. Since 2004 he has provided forestry training for various organisations and timber valuation for estates. He is a tutor on the highly successful "Woodland to Workshop" (W2W) Course, organised by Woodland Heritage. To date, Gavin has delivered approximately 50 one-day timber grading and valuation courses for FC, local authorities, and others. 

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Gavin Munro

  

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