July 1, 2021, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Oak Silviculture

With Bryan Elliott

Babworth Court, Babworth Estate, and Bawtry Estate, nr Retford, Nottinghamshire

Multi-aged silviculture has become an important aspect to the way that we understand natural forestry silviculture and the ensuing biodiversity and societal benefits that are generated.

Using existing silvicultural knowledge on how Quercus robur trees have evolved and thrived throughout Europe needs to be expanded with an understanding of the philosophy of species and natural processes. Understanding of the species’ silvicultural requirements enables UK Woodland Managers to encourage Oak woodland to thrive and deliver biodiversity and societal benefits.

The course involves theoretical study in the morning with visual presentations of oak silviculture at a location near Babworth Estate, followed by practical demonstrations of potential oak management at Bawtry Estate a few miles north of Retford.

The key learning outcome will be the ability to work with the silvicultural requirements of oak to encourage healthy, thriving oak plantations and woodlands in UK.

Bryan Elliott

Director, Devon Forestry Consultants

Bryan Elliott of Devon Forestry Consultants has been managing forests throughout UK for around 35 years with an interest in international silviculture. He holds a degree in Forestry Management from Canterbury University, NZ under the tutelage of Dr Graham Whyte. Bryan is a member of Institute of Chartered Foresters, Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA), Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) and the Royal Forestry Society.