2017 ICF Midlands: Free Air CO2 Enrichment Experiment & Norbury Park Estate Woodlands

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BIFoR | Birmingham Institute of Forest Research | ICF Wales Event

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Join the ICF Midlands regional group on 27 June for this site based technical conference at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR).

The Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment is based at the Norbury Park Estate, and their Woodland Manager David Shorthouse will lead a tour of the woodlands on an estate where scientific trial and investigation are at the forefront.

BIFoR | Birmingham Institute of Forest Research | Face Experiment

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Starting with the flagship FACE experiment, the morning tour of the CO2 assays within the mature woodland environment will cover details of the construction and the results so far. We will look at the production of quality broadleaves, management of thinning in young stands, and the production of quarter sawn oak in the estate sawmill.


0900-0930 Registration at FACE site, Deanne Brettle, BIFoR (Tea & Coffee)
0930-0935 Chairman’s Note (Robin Truslove MICFor CEnv, ICF)
0935-0950 Intro by BIFoR:

Project’s aims, ambitions, setting context with explanation of funding,

BIFoR Director Rob Mackenzie or BIFoR Director Michael Tausz

0950-1010 Over-view of tour format/sessions – biosecurity briefing – handing out PPE
1010-1030 Explanation of the CO2 tankers and gas delivery systems, Dr Kris Hart
(in the woods)
–        Design, build and installation of FACE, and opportunity to look in the control sheds

–        Presentation of the experiments visible in the arrays and explanation of the Flux Tower & equipment (Dr Rick Thomas)

1145-1200 Sum up project findings/experiments so far. Short and medium term goals/threats to the project.

Final questions and discussion (Rob Mackenzie / Michael Tausz)

1200-1300 Drive / Walk (1 mile) to BIFoR Conference Room for buffet lunch
1300-1315 Brief presentation on Estate Enterprises including woodland management objectives and sawmill operation, David Shorthouse.
1315-1600 Tour of Estate Woodland including thinning approach for young planting, managing young ash with chalara, mature oak due for felling, sawmill visit and demonstration with quarter sawing of English Oak, David Shorthouse.


Rob Mackenzie  – Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

Michael Tausz – Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

Dr Kris Hart – Operations Manager, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

Dr Rick Thomas, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

David Shorthouse – Woodland Manager, Norbury Park Estate

Further Information

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


Tea and coffee will be available in the gazebo in the car park at FACE during registration

A buffet lunch will be provided in the conference room at Norbury Park.


The Institute of Chartered Foresters is committed to maintaining high standards of bio-security. Please ensure that you clean and disinfect your footwear prior to arrival and after departure to help minimise the risk of spreading plant pests and diseases. Please follow the directions of your hosts on the use of footpaths, parking and any other precautionary measures. 

BIFoR will make boot washes and propeller spray available at the entry to the Car Park at FACE. ICF will make these available again for the Norbury Park estate and woodland tour.

No Dogs Please.

June 27, 2017
09.00 - 16.00

BIFoR - Norbury Junction (NB. Must access from Norbury A519, not A518) ,
Mill Haft, Junction Road ,
Stafford ST20 0PN

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