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Below are profiles for our instructors who will be leading this year's Wise About Woods Training Courses. Each instructor brings a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise as a forestry educator. 

  • Mike Jones - Course 1. Essentials for measuring your trees and woods
  • Dr Jens Haufe - Course 2. Continuous Cover Forestry in the Uplands
  • Gavin Munro - Course 3. Grading and measuring your timber
  • Julian Evans - Course 4. Essential Guide to caring for your wood

 

 

Mike Jones 

Course 1. Essentials for measuring your trees and wood

Mike Jones graduated in Forestry in 1982, and spent 12 years working on private estates in Yorkshire, latterly as Head Forester on Garrowby Estate near York. After gaining a teaching qualification, he went to teach forestry at Newton Rigg College, which later became part of the University of Cumbria. In 2007 he joined the Forestry Commission, firstly in Scotland, then North England,  where he was responsible for planning and surveys. During a career break from the Commission, Mike spent time as an independent consultant, advising  owners on woodland management, and auditing forestry organisations against the UKWAS certification scheme. 


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Mike Jones

Dr Jens Haufe

Course 2. Continuous Cover Forestry in the Uplands

Jens graduated with an MSc in Forestry in 1992, followed by a PhD in Forest Sciences in 2001, both obtained at the University of Technology Dresden in Germany.  He then undertook two years’ work experience as Forestry Consultant in Latin America.  He spent seven years as a Research Officer at University of Wales, Bangor, designing and establishing long-term research and management demonstration plots, along with data analysis and growth modelling.  He then spent 9 years as a Forest Operations Trainer for the Forestry Commission, designing, developing and delivering training courses, predominantly in site recognition and tree species choice, forest mensuration and tariffing, and CCF. Since April 2017 he has been Technical Development Forester, Forest Research, doing guidance, consultancy and training.  His main areas of expertise are forest mensuration, tariffing, forest growth and yield and silviculture.

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Dr Jens Haufe

Gavin Munro

Course 3. Grading and measuring your timber

Gavin brings 55 years experience in the forestry sector. In the early 1960s he started with Bernwood Forest, north Oxford (FC), and Kennington Nursery, Hazelburgh (at Silverstone), Thetford Forest. He studied forestry from 1965-67 at Gwydr Forestry School (Forestry Commission). He then spent four years at Clocaenog, North Wales; and four years in the FC Training Branch at Machynlleth (Dovey Forest). Gavin joined the private sector in 1976 and worked for Forest Thinnings for eight years. From 1984 he became a full-time hardwood buyer and worked for various firms in England and Scotland. Since 2004 he has provided forestry training for various organisations and timber valuation for estates. He is a tutor on the highly successful "Woodland to Workshop" (W2W) Course, organised by Woodland Heritage. To date, Gavin has delivered approximately 50 one-day timber grading and valuation courses for FC, local authorities, and others. 


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Gavin Munro

 

Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor

Course 4. Essential guide to caring for your wood

Julian is immediate past president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and presently chairs the Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Science. However he has a keen interest in caring for and managing smaller woodlands as he has owned one himself of 30 acres for more than 30 years. He has written several books about his experiences as an owner including ‘Getting Started in Your Own Wood’ (Permanent Publications).

He is a member of RFS Council and of the Editorial Board of QJF.


Note: Copies of Julian's book 'Getting Started in Your Own Wood' are available from the RFS Shop at a special discounted price: here 

 


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 Julian Evans

Julian Evans

  

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