We are pleased to announce we will be holding our AGM and Skills Share both in person and online this year. Take this opportunity to swap notes with fellow woodland enthusiasts, meet SWA staff and trustees, and find out exactly what goes on at the Green Wood Centre.
To join us in person, please book your place via this page. For Small Woods members, a discount of £10 will be applied to the ticket price at check-out.
Or, to join us online, click here to book your free place.
9:30 TEA AND COFFEE
9:45 WELCOME — CHRIS DUNCAN, SECRETARY
INTRODUCTION — IAN BAKER, CEO
10:00 SMALL WOODS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING — JOHN BLESSINGTON, CHAIR
10:45 COMFORT BREAK, TEA, AND COFFEE
11.00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER — RICHARD FORTEY
Richard is a longstanding Small Woods Association member and will be taking themes from his book, The Wood for the Trees: A Long View of Nature from a Small Wood, and sharing his perspectives on woodland history, with a future gaze. Richard has had a long and distinguished career as a writer, broadcaster, and naturalist. A leading palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, Richard has published more than 250 papers on Trilobites alone(!) and additionally served as President of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year, in 2007. He is also the author of popular science books on a range of subjects including geology, palaeontology, evolution, and natural history. Since 2012, he has also been a television presenter, appearing on BBC Four presenting natural history programmes; was Collier Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol 2002, and Visiting Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Oxford 1999-2009.
11.45 SPEAKER — KAY HAW, DIRECTOR OF UK SQUIRREL ACCORD (UKSA)
Kay will be discussing her work promoting grey squirrel control and red squirrel conservation. It is well known that grey squirrels are not only a threat to red squirrels but are also a serious obstacle in broadleaved woodland establishment. It is imperative we find an effective and long-term solution to protect and restore red squirrel populations. Kay will also be talking about the range of research currently ongoing, which will hopefully start to offer genuine solutions.
12:15 SPEAKER — BECKI GAWTHORPE, BIOSECURITY OUTREACH OFFICER AT THE FORESTRY COMMISSION
In her own words: “I’ve gone from climbing, to surveying, to consultancy and I’m now working for the Forestry Commission in the Tree Health Team.” Becki will be discussing non-native pests and diseases – current and future threats, with case studies focussing on Ips typographus, Phytophthora pluvialis and Oak Processionary Moth.
12:45 INAUGURAL ESMOND HARRIS AWARD FOR SMALL WOODLAND INNOVATION
Esmond will speak about the award and his and the Association’s intentions for it in the long term. The 2022 award will also be made.
14:00 WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
The afternoon will be devoted to a range of workshops and demonstrations, including woodland management discussion and techniques. Each workshop will run three sessions during the afternoon.
Workshop 1 — Social Forestry
Workshop 2 — Coppice Bundles – Overland & Underwater
Workshop 3 — Making Coppice Bundles
Workshop 4 — Biosecurity in our Woodlands
Workshop 5 — Drones and their use in woodland management
Workshop 6 —Mercian Woodland Biodiversity project
16:00 – 17:00 PANEL SESSION AND DISCUSSION
18:00 BARBECUE AND SOCIAL
10.00 VISIT TO EDGE WOOD
The visit will be to this lovely limestone woodland with the full range of wildlife, people, and tree management issues that you might expect. The visit will include an overview of coppice management undertaken on site and dormouse monitoring.
TOOL, KIT, AND BOOK SWAP
Bring along any tools, items of kit, books and other bits and pieces that have been gathering dust, or that you don’t need any more, and pass them on to
another member. This will commence at the beginning of the event and go on throughout the time that you attend.