June 15, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Intermediate Level Silviculture for coppice

Professor Julian Evan OBE FICFor considers coppice types, how they are managed, and operations to influence their development. This course is generously hosted by Goodwood Estate, and is being delivered in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.

Supershell Building, Goodwood Estate, Goodwood, nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX

Intermediate Level Silviculture for coppice considers coppice types, how they are managed, and operations to influence their development.  Both pure coppices and coppice with standards will be considered. Mention will be made of coppice biomass.

The course will include coppice practices, rotations, protection, management of standards, storing coppice when converting to high forests and the role of coppice in biodiversity.

A special feature will be an afternoon visit to Valdoe Wood on the Goodwood Estate, West Sussex to look at sweet chestnut coppice.

Course learning objectives : 

  • Learn that coppice woodland is a major, but often neglected element of the English lowlands.
  • Distinguish good coppice practice from poor.
  • Explore how coppice can promote biodiversity objectives.
  • Understand the critical importance of caring for and protecting coppice stools (stumps)
  • Learn how to bring neglected coppice back into rotation

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

Price: £70.00 for RFS members / £80.00 for non RFS members

This course is being delivered in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.

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 1,627km2 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.

The Forestry Commission increases the value of woodlands to society and the environment.  It is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands. It works with two agencies – Forestry England, who manage the manage the Public Forest Estate, and Forest Research, the UK’s principal organisation for forestry and tree-related research.

Professor Julian Evans OBE FicFor

Professor Julian Evans is a Forestry Commissioner, past president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and formerly chaired the Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Sci-ence. 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.