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FCCWG Soils cultivation on afforestation sites webinar


NEW DATE - repeat of the fully booked 20 January session  


Date - Wednesday 03 February 2021

Time - 10.00am to 12.30pm

Organised by - Forestry and Climate Change Working Group 

Speaker - Dr Jens Haufe, Forest Research

Chair -  Chris Sorensen, South West Woodland Resilience Officer, Forestry Commission


Foresters know there is a desperate need for a huge increase in afforestation to combat climate change through carbon sequestration.  This free webinar is aimed at bolstering the forest industry's technical expertise in one of the most important first steps to achieving this – management of soils.

Expert soils knowledge is at the heart of creating new, sustainable, healthy woodland via the basics of good establishment, and recognising appropriate ground cultivation techniques that minimise soil disturbance including, crucially, releasing greenhouse gases such as CO2.

The RFS is delighted to be hosting this free webinar which any forester could benefit from attending, as it is an extremely thorough run-through of forest soils, and many techniques are as relevant to restock sites as they are to new woodland.  It is particularly recommended for any forester (agent, owner or contractor) involved in creating new afforestation sites.

Webinar content and structure:

(10 minute break approx. halfway through)

  1. Historic context of cultivation for forestry in the UK
  2. Current situation
  3. UKFS requirements
  4. Why cultivate soil?
  5. Considering site conditions
  6. Cultivation techniques
  7. Decision making process
  8. Q & A session


The Forestry Commission advise that this webinar is specific to cultivation and should be viewed as one step in the overall woodland creation plan. They advise familiarising yourself with other steps in the woodland creation process as cultivation should only be considered once you have satisfied yourself that woodland creation is appropriate on the land and you have defined your objectives for creating woodland.

About Dr Jens Haufe:

Dr Jens Haufe leads the Technical Development branch of Forest Research, based at Ae Village near Dumfries.  His main work areas include the provision of technical training, research and consultancy services, especially on silviculture, forest mensuration and forest growth and yield.

To book your free place, click on the orange button below or at the top of the page.


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