SWRG Autumn Workshop

Join our South West England Regional Group for their Autumn Workshop on the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire.

The day will start with a tour of the firewood business at Longleat, which is done a little differently, with customers able to pick their own from a range of grades. Longleat Forestry has been practicing CCF since 1979 and has some of the strongest examples of this silvicultural system in lowland Britain. The CCF model at Longleat is to ascertain a mix of seven species and seven age classes per hectare, which has been achieved in some of its plantations during this relatively short transition period. Currently, there are good examples of four species/age classes and it is the intention to achieve seven in the next forty years.

The CCF walk will look at a monoculture block of conifer trees, the journey of transitioning to CCF, and what the future looks like. Fortunately, it’s only a short walk at Longleat into neighbouring compartments so attendees will be able to see the evolution, while discussing the management implications of this system.

Following lunch, there will be the opportunity to see a very unique piece of machinery at the firewood yard and will then travel past the main house to Lower Woods to look at recent work for the annual management grant, and discuss the new deer management grant. Mark Malins MICFor, Deer Officer at the Forestry Commission, will be on hand all day to explain how good levels of natural regeneration can buffer deer activity how good ride structures provide wildlife habitat and assist with ecological and practical deer management. If there’s time, attendees will also get the chance to see a Beaver dam.

During the site visit, there will be discussions on species enrichment, natural regeneration, economics, quality and grade of tree stock, timber values, resilience to market, plant health issues, climate, soils, landscape and recreation. The second part of the day will look at how Longleat are working in conjunction with WD2, with practical examples of ride management, mowing regimes, brash harvesting, reduction of conifer on PAWs sites and further CCF elements all within a SSSI Woodland.

Speakers

Jim McConkie – Head Forester, Longleat Estate

Mark Malins MICFor – Deer Officer, Forestry Commission

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Ticket Type 1 - Standard

Ticket Price 1 - £20.00

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Please bring a packed lunch.

Event Region - south_west_england

 

Date And Time

20 October 2022 @09:30 to
20 October 2022 @ 15:30
 

Registration End Date

17 October 2022
 

Location

Longleat Estate, Warminster
 
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