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Overseas Study Tour 2018 - Bavaria




 23-28 SEPTEMBER, 2018



The RFS and RSFS, with support from EGGER, organised a five-day study tour of the Austrian Tyrol and Bavaria taking in all aspects of forestry, processing and manufacturing in the region. There was a huge amount to learn about Bavarian sivilcultural practices of relevance to UK forestry. We were guided by leading practitioners of the finest examples of “close to nature” silviculture. It proved to be a highly educational as well as very enjoyable tour.



Sunday 23 September

PM: Coach transfer from Munich airport to St Johann, Austria. Overnight stay at the Hotel & Wirshaus Post. Welcome dinner

Monday 24 September

AM: Visited EGGER HQ and manufacturing plant at St Johann. EGGER was founded in 1961 in St Johann and remains a successful, growing family business with 18 plants across eight countries.

PM: Visited Binderholz glulam factory and saw mill at Fugen, Austria. Binderholz is a family owned business with several plants across Europe. It processes 6million trees through its plant at Fugen and exports large quantities of cross laminated timber to the UK. Transferred to Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer, Ettal.

Bavaria 1


Tuesday 25 September

AM: Visited the exhibition “The myth of Bavaria – 400 years of sustainability of Bavarian forests.” Met the manager of the Privatwaldgemeinschaft – a private community forest association in Oberammagau. Cable car trip to the top of the mountain for lunch in the cable restaurant.

PM: Guided tour down the mountain looking at protection forestry in an alpine environment, deer control, conversion of Norway spruce to more mixed-species forest, high altitude cattle grazing, timber marketing. Private back-stage guided tour of the famous Oberammergau theatre. Returned to Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer, Ettal.

Wednesday 26 September

Visited Bavarian State Forest near Ottoburern. The Bavarian State Forest manages over 800,000 ha, mainly spruce, pine and beech, and employ 2,700 staff. We leamred about the role and objectives of the state forest, organisation and skills development, management of pests and diseases and climate change adaptation. Travelled on to overnight at Hotel NH Klosterle, Nordlingen.


Bavaria 2


Thursday 27 September

Travelled to Nietheim, Baden Wurttemburg. Visited 5,000ha forest owned and managed by Blauwald GmbH and Co KG, a private forestry company with 17,000ha under management across Germany and Romania. Saw outstanding examples of continuous cover forest management of Norway spruce and beech from seedbed to maturity; learned about the application of the target tree system to accelerate the rotation cycle; and the introduction of alternative species (Douglas fir, Silver fir) as climate change adaptation strategy, and the role of grants and regulations. Guided tour of Neresheim Abbey. Returned to Hotel NH Klosterle, Nordlingen.

Friday 28 September

Travelled to Ingolstadt wherea we were invited to visit the Bavarian royal forest, Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds, a rare privilege. Overview of forest management objectives, pests, disease and climate change management, approach to river and dry forest management and wildlife. Lunch at Koschinger Waldhaus. Returned to Munich airport.

For an overview of the tour's route please see the document entitled 'Bavaria OST 2018 tour map' saved in the top right hand corner of this page. 


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