Typically, two days of visiting well managed and fascinating woodlands on some of the best run estates in some of the most glorious parts of the kingdom. Two days of hard core forestry with heated but polite debate about all aspects of the growing, harvesting, marketing and utilisation of timber – a dialogue that is entertaining, educational, enlightening and exhausting in equal measure.
And then on the morning of the third day, normally an opportunity to relax a little and take a more tangential and aesthetic approach to trees in the landscape by visiting a garden or arboretum, a post prandial bon bouche after the challenging banquet laid out before us over the previous two days.
Future Field Weekends
About Our Field Weekends
The aim of Woodland Heritage’s original Field Day, but for over 15 years now its Field Weekend, was always to provide variety, both of experience and geography, to stimulate thought and to share learning. Whilst visitors to the many host-estates have been most likely to gain knowledge, the owners and managers have always welcomed contributions by our members, many of whom are renowned experts in the world of forestry themselves; sometimes they have even agreed!
Thanks to the Charity’s network of contacts and members, the Field Weekends have nearly always gone to places that the general public never get to see, which is a real privilege in itself.
And when it comes to geography, there has been the chance to see estates in most corners of Britain! Over the last fifteen years, Field Weekends have visited both the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland, mid-Wales, and England’s Midlands, North, South-West, South-East and East Anglia.
More recently, visits have also been made to ‘makers’, with Robert Thompson’s House of Mouseman oak furniture in Kilburn a highlight of the 2016 Field Weekend and the Gaze Burvill factory in Hampshire a real eye-opener in 2017, also hosting our Annual General Meeting that year.
Woodland Heritage has the opportunity to celebrate its 25th Anniversary during its Field Weekend in 2019, so expectations are high for a really special event!