23 May 2019

Industry experts to deliver woodland management course

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LEARN about woodland management from leading industry experts at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) Allerton Project in Leicestershire at this information-packed event.

Aimed at land managers, farmers and gamekeepers, the one-day event will cover everything you need to know to build and manage a successful woodland, taking into consideration funding, planting, management, and pest species.

Richard Barnes from Kings Crops will give the opening talk on how to prepare land for planting, followed by The Woodland Trust’s Stuart Holm who will be focusing on things to consider, species, structure and planting tips.

GWCT advisor and event organiser Austin Weldon and David Hooton, from the Deer Initiative, will explore ways in which to manage the woodland for biodiversity and shooting interests as well as ways to control deer and other woodland pests.

Countryside stewardship grants and the permissions needed will be explained by Charles Cuthbert at the Forestry Commission.

The afternoon session will involve a walk led by the speakers through the Allerton Project’s plantations and ancient semi-natural woodlands. This will give the audience the opportunity to see woodland management in action and ask plenty of questions.

“My advisory work takes me far and wide and unfortunately it’s common to see neglected woodlands,” said Austin.

“This one-day event is a great opportunity for people to learn how to proactively manage this important habitat. The speakers represent a variety of backgrounds, giving the delegates information from a variety of perspectives.”

The course takes place on September 19th and runs from 9.45am to 4.15pm.

There are only 40 spaces available, costing £60 each, on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line - at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Joel Holt
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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