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Intermediate Silviculture - RFS one day training course


Date: Thursday 17 June 2021

Instructors: Professor Julian Evans OBE FicFor  

Location:  St Mary's Hall, Overton, and Northdown Plantation, Hampshire

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 Professor Evans' own wood, Northdown Plantation.

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 

Price: £65.00 for RFS members / £75.00 for non RFS members

Notes:  Course attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.  Bring outdoor clothing for the afternoon session.  

About the tutor:

Professor Julian Evans, Forestry Commissioner, formerly Professor of Forestry at Imperial College and previously the Forestry Commission’s Chief Research Officer (S), is also a past president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, vice-president of the Commonwealth Forestry Association and chaired (2013-19) the Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Science. Memberships include Confor, the Royal Forestry Society, and Woodland Heritage. He is an honorary fellow of Bangor University and author of over 100 research papers and many books on tree and forestry related matters. For more than 30 years he has owned a 30-acre woodland in Hampshire. He was appointed OBE in 1997. He is also a member of RFS Council and of the Editorial Board of QJF.

Julian Evans