Renewing the Forest Cycle / Continuous Cover Forestry

Dates available

31 July – 1 August 2024, 9:00 to 17:00


22-23 October 2024, 9:00 to 17:00



Course fee

£325 + VAT


Winton Estate, Edinburgh

If you would like to sign up for this course, chose your preferred dates and please email us at [email protected]. We will get in touch with you to provide details on the registration process.

We also offer a discounted rate for students and recent graduates limited to four spots per course, subject to availability.

In a nutshell

This module provides an overview of the principles of CCF management, focusing particularly on silvicultural methods for stand transformation and the development of multi-storied woodlands. Late transformation scenarios for mature stands and aspects of operational planning are also covered in detail. The module includes indoor sessions as well as extensive site visits and practical exercises.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic understanding of forestry practice and/or undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Familiarity with terms and conventions of forest mensuration and forest growth & yield (module 3.2)
  • Understanding of site conditions and tree species selection (module 1.1)
  • Understanding the principles of forest establishment (module 2.1)
  • Understanding tree ecology and the principles of thinning interventions (module 3.1)

Learning outcomes

Delegates are familiar with the definition of CCF and can explain the principles of the main transformation methods. They are able to assess forest stands for their potential for transformation to CCF (including the risks of failure) and design operations accordingly.

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