|Continuous Cover Forestry Group|
Chairman for the past 8 years, John Everard (pictured left) is stepping down and taking on the job of Treasurer & Membership Secretary. Mike Seville (right) is the new Chairman. As Head Forester of the Royal Estate at Sandringham he brings with him a wealth of practical experience – having overseen the estate’s move to CCF Systems several years ago.
These two appointments have
come about due to the tragic death
of John Niles whilst hill-walking in
Scotland. John had been CCFG
Treasurer since 1996. Woodland
Heritage Trustee and colleague,
David Rice, paid the following
tribute “the death of John Niles, my
friend and colleague for 33 years is
a great personal loss. From shared
Dartmoor days to CCFG foreign
tours, I was fortunate to enjoy his
company and enthusiasm for
varied interests. Though of differing political
persuasions, we were unanimous in our concern for
and promotion of forestry and conservation in the
widest sense. I, and all who new
John, will miss his thoughtful
contributions to field meetings and
considerable input to the many
organisations that he supported”.
An 8 hectare field, known as Strawberry Hill, in the Forest of Marston Vale in Bedfordshire is being given over to natural regeneration (50%) and local provenance planting (50%). It will be known as The John Niles Memorial Woodland and will be created and managed by schools and volunteers to provide a lasting tribute to John’s enormous contributions and achievements, both locally and nationally.