APF 2010 – Forestry Commission seminar series

23 to 25 September 2010

What was the event?

The UK’s largest forestry and arboricultural exhibition with over 100 companies exhibiting.

Event website.

Forest Research attended the exhibition to provide updates on the latest information from research.  We held a number of presentations as part of the Forestry Commission seminar series:

Thursday 23rd September

  • Update on Forest and Tree Diseases – Joan Webber (Forest Research).
    Outlining the current tree pests and diseases including Acute Oak Decline, Oak Processionary moth and Red band needle blight.
  • “Managing Native Broadleaved Woodland” a new Forestry Commission Handbook – Ralph Harmer (Forest Research) and Richard Thompson (Forestry Commission Scotland).
    What Native broadleaved woodland managers need to know; a new handbook that provides answers to questions that woodland managers ask and covers topics including use of grazing animals, uneven aged silviculture and management for nature conservation. 
  • LANTRA “Addressing the skills shortage, Apprenticeships for Forestry” – Stuart Phillips.
    A seminar to outline the new framework for forestry apprenticeships, and give businesses the opportunity to offer placements.
  • “The Economics of Woodland Birds” – David Bole.
    The successful story of how managing woodland for bird conservation has stimulated the woodland economy and the forestry sector in the East Midlands.

Friday 24th September

  • “The properties and Use of UK Grown Sitka Spruce” – Barry Gardiner (Forest Research) and John Moore.
    A seminar on the timber properties of Sitka Spruce including discussion and demonstration. How to measure Sitka Spruce timber quality in standing trees and logs.
  • BRE “Re-engineered timber from UK sources” – Chris Holland.
    The Building Research Establishment Group present examples of timber re-engineering that shows products but more importantly technologies and approaches that can add value to UK grown timber.  Examples will follow at the Forestry Commission stand G6.
  • Latest Update on Phytophthora Ramorum – Ben Jones.
    A close look at the current situation with Phytophthora Ramorum on Larch.
  • “The Economics of Woodland Birds” – David Bole.
    The successful story of how managing woodland for bird conservation has stimulated the woodland economy and the forestry sector in the East Midlands.
  • “The woodfuel supply chain present and future” – Ian Tubby.
    A seminar covering what has happened since the Forestry Commission woodfuel strategy was published in 2007, and what may happen in the future.
  • “Trees, Woods and Forests – responding to Climate Change” – Dr Mark Broadmeadow.
    Learn more about the findings of “Combating Climate Change – a role for UK forests”*.  Hear more about the projections for the UK and the opportunities and options available for adaptation and mitigation.
  • Update on Forest and Tree Pests – Nigel Straw (Forest Research).
    An update on forest pests including Hylobius and bark beetles. Current tree pests Oak processinary moth,Gypsy moth and Asian longhorn beetle.

* The independent assessment examining the potential of the UK's trees and woodlands to adapt and mitigate Climate Change led by Prof Sir David Read.

Saturday 25th September

  • Small Woods Association AGM
  • “Trees, Woods and Forests – responding to Climate Change” – Dr Mark Broadmeadow.
    More about how our trees, woods and forests can help combat climate change.
  • “The Economics of Woodland Birds” – David Bole.
    The successful story of how managing woodland for bird conservation has stimulated the woodland economy and the forestry sector in the East Midlands.

Who was the event suitable for?

The exhibition and seminars were aimed at land managers, foresters and arboriculturalists.

Where did the event take place?

Cannock Chase
Near to Rugeley
Staffordshire
WS12 4PW

Directions

Contact

Exhibition contact:
Ian Millward - Exhibition Secretary
Tel : 01737 245081
Email. info@apfexhibition.co.uk

Forestry Commission Seminar contact:
Faye Thomas
Tel: 0117 906 6000
Email: Faye.Thomas@forestry.gsi.gov.uk