South East England Regional Group: Know Your Woods – A Master Class in Monitoring (CANCELLED)


In light of recent advice from the UK government and WHO, and taking into account our own commitment to social responsibility, we have decided to cancel this event. Refunds will be processed shortly. We will update you if it becomes possible to reschedule this event.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Join the regional South East England group for a unique opportunity to hear from acclaimed experts on how to assess woodland condition and apply the findings in day-to-day management. It will take place on 15 May 2020 at Wytham Woods and Wytham Village Hall, Oxon. Teas and coffees will be served from 9.45AM and the event will conclude at 3.45PM.

Delivering against Government targets in the 25 Year plan and achieving net zero carbon by 2050, will drive the need for a step change in the quality of woodland and tree management required from foresters and arborists.

This event seeks to stimulate discussion in the forestry and woodland management ICF community about how to prepare for and demonstrate delivery of outcomes rather than outputs, as required by the Environmental Land Management Scheme draft proposals. We will hear from national experts covering best practice in the techniques that can support measurement of good outcomes in woodland vitality.

Our venue is the world-renowned Wytham Woods, where careful monitoring over decades has shown the value of woodland and tree health interventions and techniques. A combination of talks, site inspections and a panel discussion will provide attendees with the chance to participate in the debate and add to the discussion on ELMS development.

Attendees will receive the following items to reinforce their CPD:
• Copies of speaker presentations
• Options for follow-up discussions


09:45 Arrival and registration
10:00 Welcome & introductions – Alison Field, South-East Regional ICF Chair
10:15 Keith Kirby – ‘Assessing woodlands and the implications for environmental performance’
11:00 Jamie Cordery – ‘Asking the woods to write your cull plans – current experience with Deer Impact Assessment’
11:45 Break & light refreshments
12:00 Tim Shardlow – ‘Using drones to assess forestry management’
12:45 Lunch & embark on outdoor sessions. Break into groups to look at different topics in turn.
15:00 Grab teas and coffees prior to: Panel discussion – how to ensure new techniques in tree and woodland monitoring are more widely adopted
15:30 Close, feedback, next session and depart

Tea, Coffee and Lunch will be provided

Please ensure that all footwear is clean and sprayed as appropriate.

Regional Contact: Christine Meadows – or Alison Field FICFor –

ICF Contact:  Nathaniel Jackson –

Please note that this event has cancelled.