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Thurs 23 April '20   9.30am - 4pm

Managing Ash Die-back

With: Rob Coventry and Kevin penfold

This course is aimed at woodland owners and tree professionals who want to develop their understanding of ash dieback and how to manage woodlands containing ash in light of the disease.

The course will provide delegates with:

  • An ability to identify the symptoms of ash dieback and a thorough grounding in the ecology and epidemiology of the disease
  • Information on its currently and likely future spread and severity
  • An understanding of the safety and timber quality implications of the disease
  • An understanding of the silvicultural options (including species choice) to achieve different management objectives on different site types containing ash
  • Information and discussion on the operational issues in managing the disease including machinery, working with contractors, roadside working, European Protected Species, timber markets
  • Information on grant aid to assist restocking

The day will be split into two sessions; the morning covering the science and theoretical aspects and the afternoon out on site discussing the implications of these and delving further into the operational aspects.

Booking Info:

Register on Eventbrite - see link below:

Cost: £85 or £75 for RFS Members
Sun 17 May '20   10am - 4pm

Grading and Measuring Timber

With: RFS - Tutor: Gavin Munro

This is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in learning more about timber quality and grading. The course covers the basics of wood anatomy and the growth of high quality timber trees. Special features, such as ripple grain in sycamore, will be explained, as well as the various defects and types of decay that can influence wood quality. The course therefore provides useful information for anyone who is planning to harvest or who wants to improve the timber quality of their woodland. The course starts with an indoor session and then moves out onto the estate to look at examples of standing trees with various features of note. Example logs will be presented for practical exercises on grading and evaluation. This is a hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of wood and the traditions of timber grading.

Booking Info:

Booking through RFS Tel: 01295 678588

Or via Eventbrite - see link below:

Cost: £75.00 for RFS members / £85.00 for non RFS members
 
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