2018 ICF Wales: Summer Field Visit – ‘Changing Forest Landscapes’
The 2018 ICF Wales Summer Field Trip will be held in Radnorshire, in the East of Wales. It is being hosted by the kind permission of Natural Resources Wales and by the Lydiate family of Tyn y Berth.
The morning and early afternoon will be held in Abbey Cwm Hir Forest. This forest has a large amount of Plantation on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) and we will see productive conifer crops undergoing restoration back to broadleaf woodland. We will hear about the public and private sector approaches to PAWS restoration, as well as the options for the restocking of PAWS. There will also be a discussion around remnant features to maintain in PAWS. There will also be an update from Andrew Wright, Tree Health Operations Manager, regarding the latest on Phytophthora ramorum in Wales, and a look at infected sites under Statutory Plant Health Notices (SPHN).
In the afternoon we will discuss the marketing of broadleaf timber in the area and future possible markets before we will visit Tyn y Berth Farm, where we will be kindly hosted by the Lydiate family. The Lydiates have recently diversified into forestry and have planted 48 hectares of their family farm with productive commercial woodland through Glastir and the woodland carbon code.
ICF Members’ Priority Booking
Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters can book for this event from Saturday 12 May. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Booking opens for non-members on Friday 1st June.
There will be a minibus leaving from both Llandovery & Welshpool NRW Offices at 7:45am.
If you would like to travel to Abbey Cwm Hir on one of these buses, please contact Jon Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
Llandovery NRW Office is located on Llanfair Road, Llandovery, SA20 0AL, adjacent to the Llandovery hospital. A map can be found here.
Welshpool NRW Office is located on Powell’s Lane, Welshpool, SY21 7JY. A map can be found here.
Lunch is not provided. Delegates must provide their own food and drink for the entire day.
Both morning and afternoon tours will involve walking for up to an hour over rugged terrain. Appropriate footwear, waterproofs, sun-screen and water canteen are advised.
Due to the threat of Phytophthora Ramorum, please ensure that your footwear is clean and free of debris. Boot cleaning equipment will be made available for the start and end of the day. It should be noted that we will not be walking through any infected areas.
Any queries please email Jon Bell at email@example.com