Institute of Chartered Foresters to discover the South Downs

Discovering the South Downs: The role of woodlands in the National Park area is the title of the Institute of Chartered Foresters national study tour 2010.

The tour starts in Brighton, runs from 19-21 October and is sponsored by South Downs National Park Authority.

The South Downs is the newest National Park in England and the study tour aims to look at the role of woodlands in this protected landscape.

The Discovering the South Downs: The role of woodlands in the National Park tour will examine isses of  increasing access and enjoyment, the South Downs National Park (SDNP) has to address 21st Century concerns of sustainability, conservation of heritage and maintaining the tradition of commercial rural enterprise which created the landscapes.

This year’s ICF study tour will explore the evolving practice of lowland silviculture and how recreation needs are integrated with the protection of the numerous ancient woodlands and archaeological sites.

Topics that will be explored include: The opportunities and challenges of the SDNP area; oak natural regeneration and high quality broadleaves at the Leconfield Estate; conifers in a lowland context and chestnut coppice at Cowdray Park Estate; the woodchip fired heating system at West Dean College; PAWS restoration at West Stoke; ancient yew woodland at Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve; beech silviculture and climate change at Friston Forest.

Full details and online booking at www.charteredforesters.org/studytour/ or call Allison Lock on 0131 240 1425.


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