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ProSilva Ireland members forest study tour to South-West England, Sept. 2012

May 29, 2012


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

Study tour details:

All members are welcome to attend. Members are to pay for their own flights, which appear to be in the region of €90-120. ProSilva will be organising the bus transport and accommodation (prices and suggested air travel routes will be confirmed in a subsequent email).

Places are limited.  To secure a place please send a €50 booking deposit to the membership secretary to 36 Fitzwilliam Square 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.


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