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Further details of ProSilva Ireland trip to SE England forests Sept 6-8, 2012

June 27, 2012

Details for the ProSilva Ireland to South East England 

We are planning to go from a Thursday 6th returning on Saturday 8th September, 2012.

We suggest members to look at direct flights from Dublin to Southampton return costing €132 basic package today with FlyBE, leaving Dublin at 8.30am and a return flight from Southampton leaving at 15.05pm

There is a Travelodge available for about £40 a night which would be centrally located to the sites – ProSilva Ireland will book rooms but people attending need to let Paddy Purser, the membership secretary know, that they are attending. With the flight the provisional cost of the study tour is ~€250, not including food and bus travel.

Places are limited.  To secure a place please send a €50 booking deposit to the membership secretary, Paddy Purser, to 36 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, as soon as possible.

Wish to come but not a member yet? – Please see our ‘Join’ page for details here

ProSilva Ireland wishes to thank the UK ProSilva group, the Continuous Cover Forestry Group – CCFG for arranging and hosting this study tour.

ProSilva Ireland Study Tour Itinerary

Thursday: 9.30 arrive in Southampton

9.30 12.00: out of airport & travel to Melbury Estate

and then to Clifton Wood 5 miles away

Clifton to Travel Lodge at Podimore is 20 mins.

Friday: Travel to Rushmore Woods: 50 mins.


Travel to Cranborne: 20 mins


Travel back to Podimore 1 hr 10 mins.


Travel to Stourhead: 30 mins

Stourhead to Southampton Airport: 1 hr 20-30 mins.



Thursday 6th September to Sat 8th September 2012

The visits will illustrate the application of irregular silviculture on a range of site and forest types and consider stands in different stages of transformation on private estates in Dorset and Wiltshire.  All the woodland enterprises have multiple objectives but profitability and timber production are key aims.


Locations & Main Points of Interest

CRANBORNE ESTATE, Cranborne, Dorset

cranborne estate logo

  • Early stages of transformation in coniferous stands
  • More developed broadleaved stands (AFI Research Stand)
  • Introduction of irregular silviculture into semi-natural, broadleaved stands

RUSHMORE ESTATE, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

Rushmore logo

  • Middle stages of transformation in Norway spruce and Douglas fir stands
  • Irregular silviculture in broadleaved, semi-natural stands
  • Biodiversity & Close-to-nature Continuous Cover Forestry on Ancient, Semi-natural stands and Plantations on Ancient Sites


STOURHEAD (WESTERN) ESTATE, Mere, Wiltshire logo

  • Developed, multi-specific coniferous stands (including AFI Research Stand)
  • Historic Landscapes & Close-to-nature Continuous Cover Forestry

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