During January and February, the ICF will host a series of workshops in partnership with Forestry Commission England (FCE), introducing the previously refreshed UK Forestry Standard and new FC England woodland management plan templates. The events will be particularly valuable for forestry practitioners, agents and woodland owners.
FC England management plan templates aim to support more woodlands into UKFS compliant and sustainable management. FC-approved, UKFS-compliant management plans will be an important eligibility criteria for funding under the next Rural Development Programme.
This series of seminars will provide an insight on UKFS, hands-on workshops and the introduction of new mapping functionality that supports management planning. Attendees will learn more about templates enabling them to improve their plans, for both short and long term woodland management.
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Tickets cost £30 per delegate including lunch and refreshments (no VAT).
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Please note that advance booking is essential as at some locations delegate places are restricted.
Programme Timing and Speakers
9.30am - Registration & coffee
4.30pm - Close
SpeakersJohn Weir MICFor, Adviser, Woodland Creation and Resilience, Forestry Commission England
John took on the role as Climate Change Programme Manager for Forest Enterprise England after working as a forester in Scotland, England and Wales since the mid-70s including seven years as Director of the National Arboreta. He is author of the Climate Change Action Plan for the Forestry Commission Estate in England. In his current job he facilitates knowledge transfer, inspiring motivation and confidence to facilitate ‘anticipatory adaptation’ within England’s woodlands, creating resilience both in existing and new woodlands.
Neville Elstone MICFor, Cumbria Woodlands
Neville's work experience ranges from arboriculture management for two local authorities, a year working for Forest Enterprise, two years of self-employment as forestry consultant, Technical Officer at Institute of Chartered Foresters and most recently working at Cumbria Woodlands, mixed with part time teaching at the National School of Forestry and non Executive work on several groups. He has been a Chareterd Foresters since 2000.
Kevin May MICFor, National Incentives Team Manager - Forestry Commission England
Kevin has over 21 years experience with the Forestry Commission having worked for both Forest Enterprise and more recently Forest Services. Kevin is the National Incentives Team Manager and project lead for the revision and update of the management plan templates. Kevin‘s role includes responsibility for the EWGS scheme, supporting the design and implementation of the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMs) and management of the administration teams that administer grant and regulatory cover across England.Kevin has held Chartered Forester status since 1993.
Sam Neck, Project Officer, Incentives & Regulations Team – Forestry Commission England
Sam joined the Forestry Commission in February 2013 as a Project Officer in the Incentives and Regulations team, at present her main focus is the development and launch of the revised management plan template alongside supporting the EWGS scheme and transition to the next RDPE.
Paul Orsi MICFor, Director for Forestry and Rural Enterprise, Sylva Foundation
Paul takes a lead role in the myForest service and other forestry projects at Sylva, liaising closely with core partners and woodland owners, and developing new activities relating to business enterprise. Paul joined Sylva in 2013 from Blenheim Palace. There he managed the rural estate which included seven hundred hectares of woodland. Paul's professional experience encompasses forestry, farming, conservation and rural enterprise. Paul gained Chartered Forester status in 2007, is Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and recently completed a MSc in Land Management at Harper Adams University.
Alistair Yeomans MICFor, Chief Operating Officer, Sylva Foundation
Alistair coordinates the myForest service and is a founding member of staff of the Sylva Foundation. He has published a number of reports on subjects ranging from county-level wood fuel resource assessments, to woodland economic studies.Alistair has a broad range of experience in horticulture, arboriculture and forestry in the UK and internationally. His research work has focused on environmental factors effecting the growth of trees and woodlands. His commercial work has involved the management of a variety of land-based businesses.