Dr Peter Savill
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The British and Irish Hardwood Improvement Programme (BIHIP) was set up in 1991 to promote and improve the quality of home-grown hardwoods. BIHIP’s aims are to:

  • Locate and secure material from the very best trees across Great Britain and Ireland
  • To produce seedling and clonal orchards to provide high quality seed for the timber industry
  • To carry our research in to the genetics and silviculture of trees that produce high quality timber
  • To promote high quality timber production as a component of a sustainable forest industry.

BIHIP is a collaborative organization whose members have the above common aims. They come from research bodies (e.g. Forest Research, COFORD, and several Universities, commercial organizations such as forest nurseries and Coed Cymru, private woodland owners and some charities). BIHIP has no full time employees and no regular source of income.

BIHIP has enormous cause to be grateful to Woodland Heritage for the support, both real and moral, that they have so unstintingly given since their foundation in 1994. Many organisations have assisted BIHIP with financial contributions for their work, but none has been such a consistent supporter as Woodland Heritage, and in terms of cumulative contributions over the years, Woodland Heritage is our biggest contributor.

Since the first BIHIP sponsored seed orchard was planted in 1993 (on the Northmoor Trust’s land in Oxfordshire) we have established a total of about 30 seed orchards of the seven species we concentrate upon – birch, ash, cherry, oak, sweet chestnut, sycamore and walnut. Three of the species (birch, ash and cherry) that were among the earliest seed orchards are now producing seed themselves and we hope within a very few years to be able to provide enough of it to satisfy the UK demand.

This very impressive state has been achieved through the willing collaboration of scientists and others in the numerous organisations that make up the rather loosely formed organization that is BIHIP. They too provide a significant amount of the funding that is necessary for our work, but we could not achieve anything without charitable donations too. Woodland Heritage funding has supported the process of selection of “plus” trees over Great Britain and Ireland, the collection of both seed and scion material, the analysis of the results of trials, and the attendance of various scientists at international conferences on tree breeding.


Dr Peter Savill

Chairman of BIHIP

4 December 2009


Philippe Morgan
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The main objective of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group is to promote the transformation of even-aged plantations to structurally, visually and biologically diverse forests, in which sustainable production of quality timber is undertaken with the application of the principles of continuous cover management.

The Group was inaugurated following a meeting at Longleat on 13 March 1991, and since that time has sought to increase awareness by providing information and training on the methods and application of the low impact silvicultural systems required in CCF.

When the group was founded it drew up a list of principles by which continuous cover forest management can be defined. The principles accept that forests in transformation may not all demonstrate identical characteristics because of history, site limitations and objects of management. However, if attention is always paid to improving our growing stock on an individual tree basis, close to nature forestry will deliver the widest range of benefits to society.

Without the help and support of Woodland Heritage, CCFG would not be the organisation it now is. Woodland Heritage has supported both individuals and the organisation in remarkable ways. For many years it has provided bursaries to students to go on foreign tours and forest visits in Britain and Ireland organised by the group. It has also supported the delegations to the ProSilva conferences to which CCFG is affiliated and most recently has very generously supported the first scientific conference held by the group. Their help and encouragement has been immense. CCFG is a very small membership organisation and without the huge support from Woodland Heritage, both financial and through exposure in the Journal, its voice would certainly not be heard the way it now is.

Woodland Heritage has assisted many important organisations now helping to change our approach to forestry in Britain. The Continuous Cover Forestry Group is very proud to be amongst them, making the link between silviculture and quality timber production that now underpins how we manage our woodlands in the post Copenhagen world on which we embark.


Philippe Morgan

Chairman of CCFG

16 December 2009

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