North England Regional Group – Professional Development Day

The Institute’s North England Regional Group 2020 Professional Development Day will take place online on Wednesday 25 November from 1PM until 4.30PM.

If, in ten years’ time, we looked back on 2020, would we see it as the year that forestry in England finally came of age, or was it the year of lost opportunities? And what can we, as professional foresters, be doing now to ensure it is the former, not the latter?

With a range of speakers focussing on topics relevant to the north of England, the Professional Development Day will provide an unrivalled opportunity to update your knowledge and skills. The event will be delivered online, with ample opportunity for Q&As and a break between two sessions.

Session One

The first session will look at how the events of 2020 impacted on the north of England, with its varied woodland resource and world class timber processing industry – but in a forward looking way, not just going over old ground. How will it affect the sector in the coming years and what are the lessons for the future?

1. Imam Sayyed, Production Director, Maelor Forest Nurseries Ltd.

Forest Nurseries Perspectives – a talk about the issues forest nurseries are facing and the work we are doing on R&D which includes tree breeding, seed orchards, somatic embryogenesis, developing drought hardy spruce, etc.

2. Oliver Combe, Sales Advisor, Timber Auctions

Timber Markets in 2020 and Beyond

3. Tom Coates, Head of Wood Purchasing, Egger (UK) Ltd.

2020: The Processors Perspective – 2020 has been unprecedented for its highs and lows, especially in the forest products industry. Impacts on the UK domestic market have been influenced by global forces and planning ahead has never felt as difficult. This short presentation will give a processors perspective on 2020 and how it might influence the UK forest products industry in the future.

Session Two

After the break, we will turn our attention to woodland creation. With the pressure on to increase planting rates many times over, how can this be achieved whilst keeping to the ‘right tree, right place, right reasons’ mantra?

1. Chris Turner, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for the River Eden, Natural England

Farming with Trees – Understanding the value of trees in relation to soil health and productivity plus some practical examples of agroforestry in practice.

2. Chris Sorensen MICFor, South West Woodland Resilience Officer, Forestry Commission

Cultivation for Establishment of Trees taking into account Carbon Impacts – A review of the Forestry Commission’s advice on cultivation for woodland creation in order to have the least impact possible on soils (crucially including carbon loss) whilst meeting the objectives of successful woodland establishment.

3. Richard Hellier, Landscape and Woodland Design Advisor, Forestry Commission

Landscape & Woodland Design: The Essentials – The presentation will provide a clear, engaging and straight forward introduction to the key things to know about landscape and woodland design. The material draws both directly from UK Forestry Standard and WCPG requirements, other FC guidance, and recent good practice examples. The presentation will cover Landscape Character and Visual Amenity, the Landscape Context requirement, the application of forest design principles and the forest design process. Understanding and applying this approach competently will facilitate effective working with all stakeholders, the Forestry Commission and the efficient delivery of UKFS compliant scheme designs.


This event is open to both members and non-members of the Institute.

Bookings are now open.