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Field Weekend June 2016: Yorkshire

Please find below updated details of our Woodland Heritage Field Weekend and AGM 2016.


‘The Howardian Hills of Yorkshire’

Friday 24th June: 

Morning @ Castle Howard Woodlands, Nr. York

Afternoon @ Hovingham Estate, Hovingham

Saturday 25th June:

Settrington Estate, Nr. Malton, North Yorkshire

All day with an AGM @ 2.00 pm

Sunday 26th June:

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale, North Yorkshire (morning only)


For further details please click here to view a PDF file outlining the schedule for the weekend.


Members and their guests are invited to 'book in' by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ADVANCE NOTICE: June 2015: Hereford & Worcestershire


Proposed itinerary for our Woodland Heritage Field Weekend 2015


"Hereford & Worcestershire"

Friday 19th June: Whitbourne Estate, near Bromyard

Saturday 20th June: Stoke Edith Estate, & Westhide Estate, near Hereford

Sunday 21st June: Elmcroft Tree Nursery & Park Farm Trees, near Newent (morning)


Further detailed information will be published in our 2015 Journal.


Due to the popularity of our Field Weekends numbers will have to be restricted, therefore priority will be given to our members

To book and reserve your place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Download a PDF of the details here.

Venues may be subject to change due to matters beyond our control.

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Bangor University celebrates 110 years of Forestry Teaching

One of the oldest “forestry universities” in the UK – and the first to offer a degree in forestry – is celebrating 110 years of forestry teaching. Over that time Bangor University has awarded forestry degrees to students from more than 100 countries, and today 60 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate MSc students are studying on forestry courses run by its School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography. Bangor’s international research profile and vibrant research culture in forestry mean that 50% of the School’s research students are working in the areas of forestry, agroforestry and wood science.
Bangor forestry graduates and staff will be celebrating the 110th anniversary over the weekend of 21st-22nd June 2014 with a dinner, a trip to Gwydyr Forest in Snowdonia and a commemorative tree planting in the grounds of the University’s new arts and innovation centre. There will be “open house” in the Thoday building, which opened 60 years ago in 1954 and has been the home for forestry staff and students ever since.

Click here to download a PDF file (84Kb) with more information.


For more information about Bangor University's history, their current forestry courses and research please visit http://forestry.bangor.ac.uk

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Resources & Outputs from CCFG National Conference 2014

Following the 2014 Continuous Cover Forestry Group National Conference: "Delivering sustainable and resilient woodlands in Britain" the resources and outputs are now available to view on the CCFG website. to read more click here.

Click here to go to their website to find out more about the group.

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June 2014: Perthshire

Our 2014 Field Weekend will be to Perthshire, Friday 13th June to Sunday 15th June.


Friday 13th June - Morning

- The Hermitage and Craigvinean Forest near Dunkeld.

Friday 13th June - Afternoon

- The Big Tree Trail on the Dunkeld Hilton Estate.

Saturday 14th June - All day.

- The Bolfracks Estate, near Aberfeldy.

Fascinating forestry on difficult terrain and a tour of the acclaimed gardens.

Sunday 15th June - a.m. only.

- Murthly Castle, Murthly, near Perth

A two-hour 'Grand Finale' – seeing one of Scotland's finest landscapes. Towering trees in a perfect setting beside the River Tay, leading up to the castle and chapel.

Numbers will be restricted and priority will be given to members and their guests.

Please contact Belinda @ Woodland Heritage to 'book in'.
Tel: 01428 652159 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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June 2013: Oxfordshire

Our 2013 Field Weekend will be to Oxfordshire in June, Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June.   Visits to Blenheim Park, Shelswell Estate plus an Arboretum visit.


Friday 21st June

- Blenheim Park, Woodstock.

By kind invitation of His Grace The Duke of Marlborough. 

The whole day will be spent in the woodlands and park which forms part of the Blenheim Estate. We will be shown round by Paul Orsi, a Chartered Forester and Rural Enterprises Manager at Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim Palace is set in 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, and surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and a magnificent lake. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains 100 ha of wooded SSSI. It has been owned by successive Dukes of Marlborough since 1730.

The Estate has substantial areas of commercial woodland, much of it Oak, as well as ornamental parkland containing many veteran trees. The tour will consist of stops to discuss management of veteran trees, and the “Great Avenue”, management of Oak stands and how they grow in relation to soil type, Larch/Beech mixtures, an update on Acute Oak Decline, certification policy of the Estate, and the performance of a possible future
plantation species, Cedar, where there is an interesting stand to examine.

Saturday 22nd June

- Shelswell Estate, near Bicester

By kind invitation of Baron and Baroness von Maltzahn.

The whole day will be spent at this private estate in the company of Baron von Maltzahn.
Shelswell Park is a traditional country Estate and consists of arable farmland, mature parkland and some 450 acres of woodland.

The Estate was bought in 1782 by Gilbert Harrison, an ancestor of the present owners. Much of what exists today is the legacy of the improvements to properties, parkland and woodland that he and his descendants carried out. The woodland is actively managed for fuel grade woodchips for Bio Energy, high quality sawn timber and firewood. Grey squirrel control is taken very seriously.

We will be shown some middle-aged plantations including a Sweet Chestnut/Spruce mixture, and Sycamore, Oak and Larch plantations. After lunch, we will visit some older plantations including some very fine Oak and stored Sweet Chestnut coppice.

Sunday 23rd June (a.m. only)

- Arboretum visit

Details have yet to be confirmed, but we hope to visit either Lord Heseltine’s arboretum at Thenford near Banbury, or Oxford University’s arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay, just south of Oxford.

Members and their guests will be very welcome. 

To book, please contact Woodland Heritage on 01428 652159 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to download full details.

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Our iconic tree, the Oak, under real & present danger

We urgently need funds to research and combat ACUTE OAK DECLINE (AOD).

Our 2017 newsletter on Acute Oak Decline (AOD) research is now available to download.

Our film entitled ‘Saving our Oak’ can be viewed by clicking here.

Also, please do use your networks to spread the word.

Click here to download our appeal in pdf along with a donation form

We need to act now! Or future generations will not forgive.

To read more about AOD: Forest Research Acute Oak Decline

Please send donations made payable to 'Woodland Heritage':
Woodland Heritage, P.O. Box 168, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1XQ

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Anyone can plant a tree...

by Lewis Scott

Leader article from the latest Woodland Heritage Journal (2010)

Will we be investing in the vital management and aftercare of the saplings to ensure that they grow into high quality timber trees with tall clean stems for future generations to inherit?

Click here to download the pdf article

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