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Intermediate silviculture - RFS one day training course

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Date: Wednesday 08 July 2020

Instructors: Professor Julian Evans OBE FicFor  

Location:  South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9DH

About:  Intermediate Level Silviculture considers how an established tree stand is influenced by timely interventions. These include cleaning, respacing, thinning and the decision when to fell.  The course will look at how to decide when interventions are needed, what intensity to use, and decisions concerning choice of what to remove/thin. Different strategies will be explored in relation to management objectives from ‘no-thinning’ to ‘free growth’. Mention will be made of singling and pruning.  A special feature will be an afternoon visit to woods on the Cowdray Estate, W. Sussex to look at thinning in practice.

Course learning objectives:

  • Learn that neglect of stands harms their development and potential to deliver timber and wildlife objectives.
  • Understand when cleaning and respacing are needed to aid stand development
  • Learn when to start thinning, what intensity to choose, about the thinning cycle, and how to decide which trees to retain and which to remove.
  • Appreciate different thinning strategies - low, crown and free growth.
  • Consider issues determining when to commence final felling or begin regeneration.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm (exact timings to be confirmed)

Price: £75.00 for RFS members / £85.00 for non RFS members

Notes:  Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided but course attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch.  Bring outdoor clothing for the afternoon session. Copies of Julian's book, "Getting started in your own wood" will be available for £10.00 i.e. 25% discount.

About the tutor:

Professor Julian Evans is a past president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and until last year chaired the Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Science. He has a keen interest in caring for and managing smaller woodlands as he has owned one himself of 30 acres for 35 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.

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About the South Downs National Park Authority:

This course is delivered by the RFS in partnership with the SDNPA who are generously hosting the course at the South Downs Centre, Midhurst.  The South Downs National Park is the third largest National Park in England and has the largest National Park population, with 117,000 residents. From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breathtaking views, including 18 distinctive landscapes, 13 European wildlife sites and more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is responsible for keeping the South Downs a special place, including conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area. It is also the planning authority for the National Park. The Authority is a public body, funded by government, and run by a Board of 27 Members.  For more information visit their website here 

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