October 7, 2021

Managing ash dieback: Practical steps for woodland owners

This course is 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. With Rob Coventry and Kevin Penfold.

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AQ

The course will provide delegates with:

  • An ability to identify the symptoms of ash dieback and a thorough grounding in the ecology and epidemiology of the disease
  • Information on its currently and likely future spread and severity
  • An understanding of the safety and timber quality implications of the disease
  • An understanding of the silvicultural options (including species choice) to achieve different management objectives on different site types containing ash
  • Information and discussion on the operational issues in managing the disease including machinery, working with contractors, roadside working, European Protected Species, timber markets
  • Information on grant aid to assist restocking

The day will be split into two sessions; the morning covering the science and theoretical aspects and the afternoon out on site discussing the implications of these and delving further into the operational aspects.

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.  

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

Rob Coventry

Resilience Officer for the Forestry Commission

Rob Coventry works as a Resilience Officer for the Forestry Commission in the southeast of England. His remit is to improve the response to ash dieback across the region and ensure the lessons learnt are integrated into national guidance to support the rest of the country. He is particularly interested in the recovery of ash woodlands and using the impetus provided by ash dieback to restore active management and increase their diversity and resilience. He previously worked as a silviculturist at Forest Research. Prior to that he completed an MSc in Forestry and climate change at Goettingen and Copenhagen universities where he specialized in the climate-growth response of beech trees in Slovakia. He was joint author of the FC Managing Ash Dieback in England guidance and the RFS & FC Managing Ash Dieback Case Studies.

Kevin Penfold

Penfold’s Woodland Consultancy

Kevin Penfold MicFor has over 35 years’ experience working with and managing woodlands. He spent 25 years of his career with the Forestry Commission in roles such as Forest District Manager, Operations Manager (for 11 years), Planning Forester, Technical Trainer, and Forester. In 2012 Kevin established his own business and now manages a wide range of woodland types with differing objectives, undertaking the marketing and supply of timber, contract management, health and safety management, woodland establishment, and woodland regeneration for private woodland owners. A past approved forestry technical trainer, assessor, and examiner, he has a high level of technical competence having represented forest industry interests at a national level with the HSE.