Member Event: The Management of Light in Woodlands, Craven Arms

24 March

The Management of Light in Woodlands

10am – 4pm

We will be joined by Small Woods Association member Richard Craven, a professional forester. Despite being semi-retired, Richard continues to manage woodland in Shropshire. Also joining us is Caroline Uff, entomologist from the National Trust.

The course will approach the principles of thinning, why, how and what next, by concentrating on the common factor which is the management of light, less intimidating than felling trees.

Topics for discussion include:

Felling licence applications
Access and machinery
Marking
Extraction
Selecting the right trees for removal


Participants will be invited to mark a small area themselves, with removable tape. There will be a range of age classes to look at, some areas which have never been thinned and some many times. We shall close with a look at continuous cover and discuss the management of this fascinating system.

The day will involve walking around 1.5 miles and we recommend bringing sturdy boots, waterproofs and a packed lunch. There are no toilets on site and we request that dogs are not brought to the woodland.

To book please email rebeccacork@smallwoods.org.uk or call 01952 432769.