The Wessex Silvicultural Group

The Wessex Silvicultural Group is a specialist woodland study group made up of some of the region's most notable forestry and environmental professionals. We celebrated our 45th anniversary in 2008 and since 1963 the group has studied a series of relevant silvicultural topics, usually one per year, in a series of field meetings in private and public woodlands across Wessex. The Group considers all aspects of woodland management and does not restrict itself to timber production. The annual subscription is currently £15 per year which covers the cost of the meetings and associated administration. Corporate membership is available at a cost of £100 per annum.

The 2010 programme includes four field meetings on the subject of ‘Thinning: Principles and Practice’. Thinning is one of the most crucial aspects of silviculture and the field visits will seek to cover a variety of different approaches to the subject. These will include the requirements of individual species, approaches to ancient woodland restoration and transformation, impacts of pests and diseases, and current research.

Group visits for the year cover an equally diverse range of sites across the region including woodlands at Micheldever, Marlborough. Cirencester and Stourhead.

If you are interested in joining the Group please contact Gary Kerr (chairman) on 01420 22255, email or Ben Lennon (secretary) on 01594 833057, email