ICF & FFF – Engaging with Stakeholders

We are delighted to be working alongside Focus on Forestry First to bring members in Wales this workshop on communication and engagement.

This in-person workshop is designed for rural land managers and landowners who are willing to explore different approaches to consultation and engagement, specifically in relation to new planting and woodland creation projects. There will be a focus on farm woodland and engagement in the afternoon. Through presentations and group discussions, this forum-style workshop will give participants the confidence to start sharing their plans for woodland creation with key stakeholders. The workshop will also explore what we can do to improve our engagement and communication to help deliver planting targets.

Event objectives

  • Be able to recognise what engagement is needed and when
  • Gain an understanding of a variety of communication and engagement methods
  • Discuss how effective communication and engagement with stakeholders is in forestry and what we can do to improve.

 

Speakers

Mike Cresswell MICFor – Forest Operations Team Leader, Natural Resources Wales

Starting his journey in the sector, Michael studied Forestry at Bangor University, which culminated in a Master’s degree. Following a year in the Highlands and Islands with Scottish Forestry, he returned to Wales and initially worked in land management for Natural Resources Wales and more recently in forest operations. This is where he leads a team undertaking planning, harvesting and establishment on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate in Mid Wales. Mike is an Institute Council member and has been a Professional member since 2017. He is also on the Inaugural Executive Board for the Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals.

Andrew Sowerby FICFor – Director, Pryor & Rickett Silviculture

Andrew graduated from Aberdeen in 2001 and began work in South Wales with the Forestry Commission. He served fifteen years in the public sector which included leading roles in Forest Planning, Harvesting & Marketing and Operational Support. Andrew joined Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2016 as a Forest Manager based in Brecon. He readily adjusted to serving woodland owners and winning competitive contracts which led to his appointment as the Regional Manager for Wales and West England in early 2020. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the current chair of the Confor committee for Wales and coordinates www.mbalecoed.org.uk a charity that supports tree planting in the Mbale region of eastern Uganda.

Miriam Jones-Walters MICFor – Special Advisor, Land Stewardship, Natural Resources Wales

Miriam’s has worked in a range of roles, from forestry in the New Forest to grants and policy advice, joining NRW in 2020 to lead on Woodland Creation on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate. This is the programme through which NRW acquires land to create new public woodlands, to ensure that we maintain the woodland area and productive potential of the estate, and to tackle the nature and climate emergency. Through this role, she deals with all stages of the woodland creation process, from scoping land for suitability, design and public consultation through to planting and maintenance.

John Tucker MICFor – Ambassador, Woodland Trust

A Chartered forester since 1992, John has worked in forestry/arboricultural roles for local authorities in Scotland and Sussex and undertook an urban forestry study tour in USA in 1990, and arid land afforestation tour in Israel in 1993. He worked for the Woodland Trust in a variety of forestry roles since 1994, more recently as Director of Woodland Creation from 2010 to 2021, and now acting in an ambassadorial role for the Trust. John is a member of the Farm Woodland Forum and is particularly interested in agroforestry and integration of trees and farming.

Geraint Jones – Technical Woodland Officer, Farming Connect

Geraint has worked in agriculture and forestry sectors for over 40 years. After graduating from college, he joined Gwynedd Council to manage Glynllifon Tree Nursery and supplied trees to farmers and foresters throughout North Wales. An opportunity to join Coed Cymru was taken in 2003 as the Woodland Officer serving Conwy County and Snowdonia National Park which led to a close working relationship with landowners and foresters for whom he planned and implemented numerous successful environmental projects whilst forging and strengthening the local supply chain.

In early 2016 Geraint joined Menter a Busnes and the Farming Connect Team as the Forestry Technical Officer for Wales. He works with Farming Connect’s demonstration network to facilitate knowledge transfer for farmers and foresters on a wide variety of topics from seed to saw. His focus at present is to promote how trees can be integrated into farming systems to benefit food production, biodiversity habitats and carbon sequestration. Whilst aiming to support businesses to develop and increase efficiency and profitability, Geraint helps the sectors identify opportunities for future environmental and economic prosperity.

Dylan Morgan – Deputy Director and Head of Policy, NFU Cymru

Dylan was born and bred on a small family farm in West Wales and gained a BSc Honours degree in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University. Since October 2008, he has headed up the NFU Cymru policy and communications departments. Prior to that, Dylan undertook a number of roles within NFU Cymru and also spent some time as the NFU Chief Livestock Adviser in Stoneleigh. Before joining NFU Cymru, Dylan worked as an Animal Health Officer for the State Veterinary Service.

Owen Hoddy MICFor – Senior Officer, Forest Operations, Natural Resources Wales

 

Agenda

09:00    Arrival

09:30    Welcome and introduction

09:45    What is stakeholder engagement and what does good engagement look like?

10:30     Case Study: How to identify and engage with communities for consultation

11:30      Refreshments

11:50      Case Study: What can we learn from consultation and what could we do differently

12:30     Lunch

13:30     Discussion: Creating and promoting multifunctional woodlands – farmers perspective

14:30     Discussion: Methods of public engagement/farm engagement – Woodland Trust

15:30     What does stakeholder engagement mean to you?

16:00     Close

 

Who is this event for?

This event is specifically for foresters and arboriculturists living/working in Wales.

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Ticket Price 1 - £20

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Additional Info

This event has been supported by Natural Resources Wales, Pryor & Rickett, Farming Connect and the Woodland Trust. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Event Region - wales

Event registration closed.
 

Date And Time

10 February 2023 @09:00 to
10 February 2023 @ 16:00
 

Registration End Date

3 February 2023
 

Location

Lantra, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells
 
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