Confor at the Royal Welsh Show

22 -24 July 2019

There will be plenty happening on stand as you’ll see from our schedule of events and we encourage members and non-members to come and join us. There is always the opportunity to quiz a forestry, learn something new, tell Confor what matters to you or just come and enjoy a little shade!

Confor Wales has been hard at work with members and associate organisations to bring you toolbox talks, Land owner updates, a brilliant forestry education special and last but not least a true insight into the future of farming and forestry.

Monday: Landowner focus

11.45 -12.45 – Landowner one-stop, the helpful forestry update

  • Landowner & Agent Update – Gillian Clarke FISA
  • Managing Deer and Cooking with Venison  – Patrick Faulkner The Deer Initiative
  • Ash Dieback, the needs to know for practical management – Graham Taylor Prior & Rickett

Tuesday: Future foresters

10.45-11.45 – Forestry growing hope to the Climate Emergency and land use change

  • The forest, timber solutions to political problems – Anthony Geddes Confor
  • The potential for expansion of Welsh forestry – Prof John Healey (Bangor University)
  • Housing fit for a climate emergency: Whole life carbon thinking, Eilidh Forster

12-1.30 – Future foresters

Finding a future in forestry, chaired by Toby Allen from Say it with wood:

  • Forest Apprentice Pilot Scheme – Tracey Jones & Katie Court
  • Future steps into forestry – Jemima Letts, Tree Sparks
  • Helping business fund training – Anne Hughes, Focus on Forestry First
  • Working in the industry a growing perspective – Tilhill Graduate Scheme

2.00 -2.20 – Modern Methods of Construction Action Plan

  • Becoming a high value forest nation – Wood Knowledge Wales & Confor

2.45-3.30 – Forestry awards

The return of the Forestry Presentation, awards for outstanding forestry and foresters.

Wednesday: Focus on Farming

11.45 – 12.45 – Focus on Farming, Forestry and Agriculture more than 1 + 1

  • Where forestry fits on farm – Andrew Sowerby, Prior & Rickett
  • Think global, plant local – Andrew Heald, Confor
  • Effective deer control on farm – Lee Oliver, Deer Initiative