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About the European State Forest Conference 2016

About Eustafor

The European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) represents commercially-oriented state forest companies, enterprises and agencies that have sustainable forest management and sustainable wood production as major concerns.

The overall goal of EUSTAFOR is to support and strengthen state forest management organisations throughout Europe, helping them to maintain and enhance their economically viable, socially beneficial, culturally valuable and ecologically responsible sustainable forest management.

2016 is Eustafor’s 10th Anniversary! To mark this special anniversary, we will be having a champagne celebration.

Your Hosts - Forest Enterprise England (Forestry Commission)

This year’s Eustafor Conference is being hosted by the Forestry Commission.

The Forestry Commission are the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment.

The conference is being hosted in the Lake District – part of the North England Forest District.

The two forests which are situated in The Lake District are Grizedale Forest  and Whinlatter Forest.

Conference Speakers

Per-Olof Wedin

Per-Olof WedinPresident of EUSTAFOR
Chief Executive Officer of Sveaskog

Per-Olof Wedin joined the Executive Committee of the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) in 2012 and has served as its President since March 2015. Mr. Wedin began his career as a paper technology engineer, later holding executive positions in the pulp and paper industry and an infrastructure company before joining Sveaskog in 2011.He has worked to increase Sveaskog’s profile in the areas of sustainability and climate change. He was instrumental in Sveaskog joining the Haga Initiative, which strives to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and highlights climate change as one of the most important issues for the future.

Sir Harry Studholme

Sir Harry StudholmeSir Harry Studholme has owned and managed forests in South West England for over 20 years.

He has been a GB Forestry Commissioner since 2007 until appointed Interim Chair from January 2013 to January 2014 and then Chair in March 2014.

He was Deputy Chairman of the Independent Panel on Forestry, which reported on the future of English forestry in July 2012.

His current commitments include chairing the Phaunos Timber Fund, a quoted investment trust owning forestry across five continents.

Sir Harry was Chairman of the South West Regional Development Agency from 2009 to 2012.

He chaired the Finding Sanctuary project, working with environmentalists and the fishing industry on proposals for marine conservation from 2007 to 2011.

He is an Engineering graduate of Cambridge University, a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

Sir Martin Holdgate

Sir Martin HoldgateSir Martin Holdgate attended Cambridge University as an undergraduate at Queens' College, Cambridge from 1949, graduating in 1952 with degrees in zoology and botany and subsequently a doctorate in insect physiology.

He taught at Manchester University, Durham University and Cambridge, as well as undertaking expeditions to Tristan da Cunha, south-west Chile and the Antarctic. He was Chief Biologist to the British Antarctic Survey, then research director of the Nature Conservancy Council and, for eighteen years, Chief Scientist and head of research at the Department of the Environment. Subsequently, he was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

After his formal retirement, he was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and served as co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests, and Secretary of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Board on Sustainable Development.

James Berresford

James BerresfordJames was educated at Huddersfield Polytechnic where he gained an Honours degree in Humanities, majoring in drama, and at the City of London University. His early career started in arts administration and theatre marketing before moving to countryside recreation.

He then went on to Nottinghamshire County Council as Tourism Officer and subsequently became Assistant Director of Leisure responsible for the management of various tourist attractions including Sherwood Forest.

He was appointed to the Heart of England Tourist Board as Regional Director in the East Midlands before joining the Northwest Development Agency as Regional Business Manager for Tourism. He was subsequently appointed a Director of the Agency with oversight for Tourism and Culture.

In 2009 James became the Chief Executive of VisitEngland, the official tourism body for England. During his tenure he was responsible for formulating the first ever national tourism strategy for England and initiated a range of successful public/private sector initaitaves. Since moving on from VisitEngland James has taken up a number of non executive roles within the sector as well as advising on a variety of tourism related projects.

James is married with one son. He lives in the Peak District where he likes to make the most of his love of the countryside. He is a Director of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and the National Skills Academy for Hospitality. James was recently given an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Chester University.

Duncan Peake

Duncan PeakeCEO, Holker Group
Duncan is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 30 years post qualification experience. Duncan joined Holker as CEO in 2007 after a successful track record developing some of the UK’s foremost landed estate businesses. Duncan leads the Holker Group senior management team and has helped establish Holker as a key player in the South Cumbria local economy .

Conference Venue

The venue for the conference is Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6RG, UK.


All conference delegates need to reserve their own rooms directly with the following accommodation providers.

Please book accommodation at the Castle Green Hotel. Overflow accommodation is available at the Stone Cross Manor.

The Castle Green Hotel

In the first instance, please book accommodation here. There is limited accommodation available at the conference venue. 

The Castle Green Hotel is situated at Castle Green Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6RG, UK.

Please book accommodation by email: or by telephone: +44(0)1539 734000, quoting reference ‘Forestry Commission’

Accommodation is available on nights of 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th June 2016.

Stone Cross Manor

Stonecross Manor Hotel is situated a short 1.7 miles from the conference venue, Castle Green Hotel. 

The Stonecross manor is at Milnthorpe Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5HP. Contact the Stonecross manor to book accommodation

Please book accommodation by email or by telephone, quoting reference ‘Forestry Commission’

Accommodation is available on nights of 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th June 2016.

Transport and Getting here

The conference is easily reached by car or public transport, being a short distance from the motorway network and Oxenholme train station.

The Forestry Commission will be organising shuttle bus service on Day 1 (Tuesday 21st June) from Oxenholme Station.

By Air

International delegates are advised to fly into Manchester International Airport.

There are frequent trains from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme Train Station. From Oxenholme Train Station an organised shuttle bus service will take delegates directly to the conference venue, the Castle Green Hotel.

By Road

Castle Green Hotel is situated in Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, in the North-West of England. From the South, exit at Junction 36.

From Exit 36 follow signs to Kendal A590/A591, approx. 9 miles, take exit signed Kendal Historic Market Town, Kendal South and A6.

Entering Kendal, right at first lights, signed Sedbergh, left at roundabout and right into Parkside Road. 3/4 mile to Sedbergh Road, opposite to the Training & Business Centre, left and first right to The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. From M6 Motorway South Bound exit at Junction 37 to Kendal (5 miles), and The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal is the first on the right approaching Kendal. From Kendal High Street follow signs to A684 Sedbergh and the Castle Green Hotel is last on the left leaving Kendal.

By Rail

The nearest mainline station is Oxenholme. It is 5 minutes by taxi from the station to the Hotel.
There are direct trains available to Oxenholme  from Manchester Airport.  Please visit the National Rail website to book train tickets .

Homebound Journey

For homebound travel delegates will need to arrange their own transport. Local recommended taxi firms are:
- Blue Star Taxis
- Castle taxis Kendal

On Day 2 (23rd June) delegates attending the North Lakes trip and departing after the trip, will be offered minibus transport to Oxenholme Station at the end of the day. Please book this on registration.


Last updated: 17th June 2016