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Climate Change Adaptation of Forests, Woods and Trees in England: Session 2 – Silvicultural Systems


Featuring in-depth content developed and presented by expert members of the Forestry and Climate Change Working Group (FCCWG), this informative series of events will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the principles for adapting trees and woodlands to climate change, information on which silvicultural systems are best suited to managing species mixes, and also offer advice on how to select species to meet management objectives.

Four events will be held throughout October, with a diverse range of content being delivered through a mix of presentations, case studies and panel discussions. These sessions were developed following the publication of the Forestry Commission’s Managing England’s Woodlands in a Climate Emergency with a view to providing more guidance to the sector.

These free online sessions will be proudly hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Session 2: Silvicultural Systems

16th October 2020 – 11am

Chaired by Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor, this session will provide attendees information on which silvicultural systems are best suited to managing current and future species mixes in their woodlands.

Dr Gary Kerr FICFor, Principal Silviculturist at Forest Research and Editor-in-Chief for Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research.


Session 1 – The Challenge
Session 3 – Species Choice
Session 4 – Decision Support Tools


The Forestry Climate Change Working Group is comprised of several leading forestry organisations, including CLA, CONFOR, Defra, the Forestry Commission, Forest Research, the Future Trees Trust, the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Lockhart-Garratt, Natural England, the National Trust, Pryor and Rickett, the Royal Forestry Society, the Sylva Foundation, Tilhill, the Tree Council,  Woodland Heritageand the Woodland Trust. It was created to drive forward closer relationships with government in terms of policy, forestry strategy, regulation, science and innovation.

You can read the FCCWG’s Forestry Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report on the Institute of Chartered Forester’s website:

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