ProSilva Ireland attends first international Continuous Cover forestry conference in UK

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One of the many workshops held over the three days Continuous Cover forestry conference organised by CCFG in the Lake District, Cumbria UK

A number of ProSilva Ireland members recently attended the Continuous Cover forestry conference in the UK. It was a comprehensive conference with a number of field trips, covering topics on management approaches,  timber quality, biodiversity, economics, ancient woodland restoration and policy developments, with speakers from across the UK and beyond.

From Ireland, Aine ni Dhubhain from UCD presented the doctoral work of Lucie Vitkova – the first results of Continuous Cover forestry in Ireland and explained results from the COFORD Low Impact Sivilculture System project, in which ProSilva Ireland has contributed and co-managed.

There was also a welcoming statement from Prince Charles endorsing this type of forestry and wishing this event well. His head forester was in attendance too. A guest speaker also talked about Osprey settling in the forests in this lake area and the enormous tourism that has resulted.

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The CCFG committee are now compiling information from all the recorded talks and we will share these when they become available.

The event also received considerable press and TV coverage which indicates a growing audience for a different type of forestry in the UK. Recent storms and the increase in tree disease in the UK have brought renewed attention to the important role of forests there.

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Click here to view interview.

Press links:

ITV press article: Forestry experts teach worldwide lessons from Cumbria

Lake District becomes classroom for forest experts

Prince Charles writes to Cumbria forestry professionals

Below a slideshow of photos from the fieldtrips and conference – click on an image to show full-screen slideshow.

Our thanks to the conference organisers and the warm welcome we received from the CCFG UK /ProSilva Great Britain members.

 

 

 

Written by prosilvaireland

Pro Silva Ireland: promoting Close-to-Nature permanent forest management in Ireland since 2000. Join a growing conversation toward continuous cover forestry that prioritises the environmental, social and economic benefits of forests.

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