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Managing ash dieback - RFS online training module 2

Module 2 of 2 

Date: Thursday 23 July 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm

Method: ZOOM webinar

Price: Free of charge 

Maximum number of delegates: 30

Tutors:  Emily Fensom and Chris Sorensen (see tutor profiles below)


We are delighted to announce that Emily Fensom and Chris Sorensen will be delivering repeat sessions of the two ash dieback modules delivered by Rob Coventry, which were incredibly popular and received exceptionally positive feedback.  The sessions are aimed at woodland owners and tree professionals who want to develop their understanding of ash dieback and how to manage woodlands containing ash in light of the disease.

The sessions will be limited to 30 delegates, to ensure that participants have plenty of opportunity to interact and ask questions, and both sessions are being offered free of charge.  

The second module will take place on 23 July at 11.00am and will cover the folllowing:

  • 15 minutes on safety and woodland management options
  • 15 minutes Q & A
  • 15 minutes on ash sites and resilient restocking
  • 15 minutes Q & A
  • Up to 30 minutes additional discussion as needed 

How to book:

If you would like to attend, please send your name, email address and telephone number to by Monday 20 July, stating clearly whether you would like to join one or both sessions.  Once ticket sales have ended, you will receive a Zoom link and joining instructions.  If you have any queries at all please don't hesitate to call (01295) 678588 or email

The first session is taking place on Thursday 16 July - for details please click here

About the tutors:

Emily Fensom works for the Forestry Commission as a Woodland Resilience Officer, based in the east midlands. Emily’s remit is to work alongside specialists in the sector to improve our understanding of the present and future threats to trees in order to explore measures for adaptation and resilience in UK woodlands.  Emily joined the Forestry Commission’s Policy Advice Team earlier this year from the Higher Education sector and has a background in Plant Health. She worked in the FC’s Tree Health team for a number of years after beginning her career with Scottish Forestry as an assistant Tree Health Officer. Emily has an active interest in raising awareness of the threats to UK trees. Key areas of work include delivery of training events, creation of guidance for the sector and engagement with research and citizen science projects.  She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Environmental Science and successfully applied to the Royal Society of Biology’s Plant Health Professionals Register during her time with the Tree Health team. 

Chris Sorensen works as a Resilience Officer for the Forestry Commission in the southwest of England. His remit is to improve the general resilience of woodlands in the face of climate change and the general increase in pests and diseases seen in the last 20 or so years.  Particular interests include the use of “alternative” species to increase the diversity of woodlands, the use of mixtures with a view to improving general forest health and more naturalistic silviculture such as continuous cover forestry. He graduated from Bangor University (Forestry and Forest Products B.Sc.) and has worked for the Forestry Commission for 20 years in various roles in both Forestry England and Forest Services.

 Emily Fensom Photo  Chris Sorensen Photo
 Emily Fensom  Chris Sorensen