Climate Change Adaptation of Forests, Woods and Trees in England: Session 2 – Silvicultural SystemsBook now
Featuring in-depth content developed and presented by expert members of the Forestry and Climate Change Working Group (FCCWG), this informative series of events will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the principles for adapting trees and woodlands to climate change, information on which silvicultural systems are best suited to managing species mixes, and also offer advice on how to select species to meet management objectives.
Four events will be held throughout October, with a diverse range of content being delivered through a mix of presentations, case studies and panel discussions. These sessions were developed following the publication of the Forestry Commission’s Managing England’s Woodlands in a Climate Emergency with a view to providing more guidance to the sector.
These free online sessions will be proudly hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
Session 2: Silvicultural Systems
16th October 2020 – 11am
Chaired by Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor, this session will provide attendees information on which silvicultural systems are best suited to managing current and future species mixes in their woodlands. A Q&A session will follow the main presentation.
Dr Gary Kerr FICFor, Principal Silviculturist at Forest Research and Editor-in-Chief for Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research.
Alastair Hotchkiss, Conservation Advisor Ancient Woodland at The Woodland Trust.
Iwan Parry MICFor, Senior Forest Manager at Tilhill Forestry.
Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor is an author, tree photographer, and silvologist (forest scientist). He has written three books, both fiction and non-fiction, and appears regularly on TV and radio talking about trees and the environment. He co-founded an environmental charity and is currently its Chief Executive. He co-founded the Sylva Foundation in 2009 and has since led the charity as its Chief Executive. Gabriel is also a founding trustee of Fund4Trees, an arboricultural charity.
Dr Gary Kerr FICFor is Principal Silviculturist at Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission in Britain. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, published by Oxford University Press. The focus of his research is applied silviculture to the forests of Britain with particular attention to uneven-aged management and diversification. A passion for silviculture means that he is also involved in other projects including: seed origins of emerging species, management of native broadleaved woodland, upland silviculture as well as responsibilities for co-ordination of the Science Group.
Alastair Hotchkiss is Conservation Adviser at the Woodland Trust. He provides technical advice on woodland ecology and management across all of the Trust’s work, and has recently led on defining and publishing the Trust’s approach to ancient woodland restoration. He is particularly interested in how evidence of ecological disturbance processes can inform progressive silviculture, and how this can combine with developing more old-growth characteristics.
Iwan Parry MICFor is a Senior Forest Manager at Tilhill Forestry, managing a diverse forestry portfolio covering the whole of South Wales, from upland conifer plantations to lowland woodlands and new planting schemes for a wide range of client and management objectives. As a senior manager, Iwan is responsible for all aspects of forest management, including new planting, restocking, forest road construction, timber harvesting, timber marketing, forest planning and public access.
The Forestry Climate Change Working Group is comprised of several leading forestry organisations, including CLA, CONFOR, Defra, the Forestry Commission, Forest Research, the Future Trees Trust, the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Lockhart-Garratt, Natural England, the National Trust, Pryor and Rickett, the Royal Forestry Society, the Sylva Foundation, Tilhill, the Tree Council, Woodland Heritageand the Woodland Trust. It was created to drive forward closer relationships with government in terms of policy, forestry strategy, regulation, science and innovation.
You can read the FCCWG’s Forestry Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report on the Institute of Chartered Forester’s website: