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Resilient Woodlands: meeting the challenges
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Book now! Resilient woodlands - everybody's talking about them, but what should they be doing?

A unique conference on 1st October 2015 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, organised jointly by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the Woodland Trust, is bringing together economists, conservationists, woodland managers and foresters to look at the question from all angles.

Sophiechurchill Conf 020615 Wn
Chair for the morning: Sophie Churchill OBE
Beccyspeight Conf 0206 Wn 2
Chair for the afternoon: Beccy Speight

Resilient Woodlands: meeting the challenges is open to all and includes a number of plenary sessions to encourage debate. Chairing the sessions will be Dr Sophie Churchill, President Elect of the RFS, and Beccy Speight, CEO, Woodland Trust. Full details and booking are available at here.

Speakers are:

Resilient Landscapes - Mike Townsend, Woodland Trust

Ecological Resilience in Woodlands -  Duncan Stone, Scottish Natural Heritage

Making Woodlands Pay - Graham Taylor, Pryor and Rickett Silviculture

Resilience: a research perspective - Professor Rob MacKenzie , Bifor

Forest Resilience and Climate Change - Jonathan Spencer, Forestry Commission

Resilience in Living Landscapes - Stephen Trotter, the Wildlife Trusts

Natural Capital - Professor  Dieter Helm, Chairman of Natural Capital Committee (by video)

Marketing your Woodland: innovations in wood product markets - Jez Ralph, Timber Strategies

Are pine martens the answer to grey squirrel control? - Dr Tom Tew, Chief Executive Environment Bank and Chairman of Vincent Wildlife Trust

A Practical Guide to taking Action on Resilience - Dr Gabriel Hemery, Sylva Foundation

Sophie Churchill, who takes over as RFS President on 1st October, says: " The RFS exists to provide practical and well-evidenced support to all those who want to look after their woodlands with an eye to what is an uncertain future. Both climate change and pests and diseases have the potential to make us tentative in our woodland management and possibly even pessimistic about the future. However, there are opportunities now to innovate and to minimise the risks, perhaps even to enjoy new species and different forms of management.

" I am looking forward to a conference which will give us expert input and practical, positive perspectives on the choices we can make for our trees and woodlands. With the challenges it faces, it is imperative for the forestry sector to work collectively and I am delighted that the Woodland Trust and the RFS are delivering this important conference together." 

Woodland Trust CEO, Beccy Speight, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this conference alongside the Royal Forestry Society as it’s vital to think long term about how best to manage our wooded landscapes to be fit for the future.

"We believe woods and forests should be recognised and celebrated by everyone as beautiful, inspiring, accessible, productive and relevant to their lives. But there are challenges to overcome to keep them that way. We look forward to addressing questions about how we can best harness nature’s diversity and complexity, to make our woods more able to bounce back from the worst that climate change, pest and diseases, and other impacts can throw at them.”

The conference counts towards CPD for a number of organisations.