Introduction to Alternative Conifer Species
A new one day training course with Chris Reynolds of Forest Research in the glorious surroundings of Bedgebury National Pinetum. An essential introduction for anyone keen to widen their knowledge of alternative conifer species in the quest to increase woodland resilience in the face of pests, disease and climate change.
With the increasing threats raised by climate change and the ever-growing number of new pests and diseases, it is essential we have a wider palette of tree species available to ensure our forests survive into the future. This one day course aims to introduce woodland owners and enthusiasts to a range of alternative tree species that have the potential for future use in forestry.
We will discuss Emerging Species research and follow the process of species selection from specimens in the Pinetum to trial plots and their eventual use as plantation species. The focus will be conifers and their silvicultural requirements but the varied collection and old trials at Bedgebury also allows for wider discussion on potential broadleaved species.
There will be an indoor introduction to the day and a chance to meet the Pinetum staff. The rest of the time will be spent outside discussing all things trees.
This course is for you if you would like to:
- Gain an understanding of and confidence in the research process behind species selection
- Identify a range of tree species with future forestry potential
- Understand the silvicultural requirements of a range of tree species
The course is led by Chris Reynolds of Forest Research – one of the UK’s foremost experts in Alternative species selection – please see Chris’s profile below.
Tea, coffee and water provided. Please bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.
Bring outdoor clothing and suitable footwear for the outdoor sessions.
Price: £60.00 for RFS members / £70.00 for non RFS members
Project Leader - Forest Research
Chris Reynolds is a forester with 30 years’ experience working in the Forestry Commission. Over this time, he has managed woodland on the Public Forest Estate; researched ground preparation techniques in land reclamation for forestry; curated Bedgebury National Pinetum in Kent and advised woodland owners as a woodland officer covering Grants and regulations. Now based at Alice Holt Research Station as project leader on Emerging Species in the Silviculture and Wood Property’s team, he is investigating tree species and provenances with the potential for future use in forestry. His experience as a forester and keen interest in all things trees enables him to link sound research with practical applications to provide silvicultural confidence in a range of alternative species.