2017 ICF Midlands: Quality Hardwood Silviculture

A technical conference comprising the ICF Midlands Region 2017 AGM and field visit to the Whitbourne Estate, Worcester, with some high-level national speakers as a masterclass in hardwood silviculture.

Covering tree breeding, advances in silvicultural systems, pest control and milling of quality hardwoods, the morning’s activities will include a series of short lectures followed by lunch and the ICF Midlands Region 2017 AGM. (N.B. ICF Members may attend the AGM at no cost).

Following lunch, there will be a tour of the Estate woodlands and a discussion about recent harvesting operations and the products released for sale, and restocking options.

Speakers Include:

  • Joe Evans (host), Whitbourne Estate – ‘Integrated Estate Woodland Management’
  • Gavin Munro, Woodland Heritage – ‘Oak Milling, Product, Markets, Opportunities’
  • Graham Taylor, Future Trees Trust – ‘Advances in Quality Oak Stock / Breeding’
  • Charles Dutton, European Squirrel Initiative – ‘Squirrel Control in Hardwood Stands’


  • 0900-0930: Teas / Coffees served in the Restaurant (Networking)
  • 0930-1230: 4 presentations as 25-35 minutes each plus questions (coffee break 1030)
  • 1230-1315: Buffet lunch in restaurant with soft drinks
  • 1315–1345: AGM & Election of Regional Committee / Officers
  • 1345–1400: Drive in convoy or take shoot bus to the woods
  • 1400–1600: Walking / Shoot Bus Tour of Oak Stands on Willey Hill to look at spacing, regen response, approach to felling, vermin control, link with the shoot

Biosecurity & Shoot Sensitivity

  • No dogs please given the pheasant shoot on the estate.
  • Cars, boots and clothing are to come to site clear of plant matter, soil and debris.
  • The Chairman will make boot washes and Propeller spray available at entry to the Car Park.

For further information contact Robin Truslove MICFor, ICF Midlands Region Chairman, or Matthew Brocklehurst, ICF Midlands Region Secretary.

Catering will be available and is included in the ticket price.


September 27, 2017
09.00 - 16.00

Whitbourne Estate ,
Worcester WR6 5SG

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