NICOLA Spence and Richard Stanford will be among the speakers at this year's 2022 Forestry Conference. 

Foresters, land managers and landowners will come together to hear from a range of experts and case studies, share experiences, network and collaborate.

This year’s conference theme is 'Building resilience together', and will feature sessions on topics such as ELM, plant health, carbon and woodland management, among others.

Bookings are now open for the annual event, which will be held at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire, from 9 am to 5 pm on October 12.

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Tim Bamford, CLA south east regional director,  said: “We are delighted to be organising the forestry conference once again this year, at such an exciting time for the woodland sector.

“We’re also thrilled to be working with the Forestry Commission, Grown in Britain, Pryor & Rickett Silviculture and Wessex Woodland Management to hold an event with such a strong, varied line-up of speakers.

Forestry Journal: Nicola Spence is among the confirmed speakers for the event Nicola Spence is among the confirmed speakers for the event

“We look forward to seeing you on October 12 to explore how we can build resilience in the forestry sector together.”

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Forestry Commission Chief Executive Richard Stanford
  • CLA President Mark Tufnell
  • Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, Defra
  • Janet Hughes, Programme Director for Future Farming and Countryside Programme
  • Liz Nicholson, Director of the Forest Canopy Foundation
  • Richard Deffee, Head Forester at Gascoyne Cecil Estates.
  • Graham Clark, CLA Senior Land Use Policy Adviser and lead on forestry.

Further speakers and case studies will be announced shortly.

Tickets include a full day's programme, breakfast, lunch, and tea and coffee breaks. CLA members and Grown in Britain certificate holders can enjoy a discounted booking rate, at £100 plus VAT. Non-member tickets cost £125 plus VAT.

For more information and to book, please visit the CLA website here. If you have any issues booking online, please call the CLA South East office on 01264 313434 and the team will be happy to assist.