Woodland thinning: principles and practice

15 July 2010 and 21 October 2010.

What were the events?

There are over a million hectares of woodland in England in which the species composition and initial planting density was fixed when they were regenerated. Much is now expected of these woodlands in terms of the economic, environmental and social objectives of current forestry policy. How can forest managers respond to these new challenges in existing woodlands? The answer, which is obvious to a silviculturist, is by influencing the development of woodlands through thinning. Variations in the type, intensity and cycle of thinning can dramatically alter the structure of woodlands: this was the focus of the Wessex Silvicultural Group study in 2010.

Each of four visits had a theme and invited speakers and practical exercises were incorporated into the programme to add interest and value to each of the visits:

Theme Date Location Invited speaker
Thinning of ash Tuesday 20 April Stowell Park, Cirencester -
Thinning to achieve transformation and restoration Wednesday 16 June Stourhead (Western) Estate and Clifton Wood, near Yeovil -
Thinning research Thursday 15 July Micheldever Dr. Ralph Harmer, Forest Research
Thinning stands with pests and diseases/continuous cover Thursday 21 October Bedwyn and Chisbury Woods, Marlborough Dr. Anna Brown, Forest Research

Information in detail and Wessex Silvicultural Group membership form (PDF-87K)

About the Wessex Silvicultural Group

Who were the events suitable for?

Members of Wessex Silvicultural Group (see attached to become a member) with an interest in silviculture.


For further information please contact:

Wessex Silvicultural Group Chairman
Gary Kerr
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
GU10 4LH

Tel. 01420 22255


Wessex Silvicultural Group Secretary
Ben Lennon
Forestry Commission
Bank House
Bank St
GL16 8BA

Tel. 01594 833057

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