The National Coppice Federation are holding a conference in May, to workout how conservation and coppicing can be combined.
Focusing on integrating the values of coppicing for biodiversity and the role of the professional coppice worker, the conference will be held at Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, W. Sussex on May 9th and 10th 2016.
Coppicing has in recent years been funded through the public purse, via membership subscription or government grants. The grant support for woodland conservation has changed radically with the advent Countryside Stewardship, with grants for coppicing being slashed and smaller woodlands no longer eligible for support. We are concerned that the effect will be a further decline in coppice management.
We are told by DEFRA that coppicing is now ‘economic’ and we consider the time is right to have a dialogue between the key conservation woodland owners and the coppice sector to see how the needs of conservation can be balanced with the needs of the coppice workers who are trying to make it pay, to the advantage of all.
The conference will strive through sharing experience, site visits and discussion to come up with a blueprint for coppice workers and conservation land owners that will deliver well managed and wildlife rich woodlands, whilst supporting those that seek to make a living within the coppice industry.
Emma Goldberg, Natural England: Natural England’s Senior Forestry and Woodland Specialist and leads on management of SSSI woodlands, ancient woodland, tree diseases and deer.
Kevin May MICFor, National Team Manager – Sustainable Forest Management – Forestry Commmission England: leads within the FC on Regulation and Incentives and is also head of administration. Kevin‘s role includes responsibility for the EWGS scheme, supporting the design and implementation of Countryside Stewardship.
Ian White, PTES. People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) have been the lead UK Charity involved in hazel dormouse conservation for the past 20 years and manage the National Dormouse Monitoring programme (NDMP),
Neil Hulme, Butterfly Conservation: is a lifelong butterfly enthusiast and now Project Officer for the ‘Fritillaries for the Future’ project. The project plans to restore a healthy population of the regionally endangered Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly to extensive parts of the Sussex landscape.
Chris Letchford: Chair, Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group and NCFed director
Brian Williamson: NCFed director, lead coppicer at Westonbirt Arboretum
Rebecca Oaks: Chair, National coppice Federation.
Other speakers to be confirmed.
The event costs £50 per head for NCFed affiliated members, and £90 for non-affiliates.
To book visit www.ncfed.org.uk/springconference