At Parham Estate with the RFS

Our forest manager Andy Wright, Royal Forestry Society regional secretary, hosted a visiting RFS members group on a fascinating tour of Parham Estate trees and woodlands.

The EWF team have been on site throughout 2013/2014 on forest operations including hardwood felling, conifer thinning, bracken & rhododendron control, groundworks to ditches & culverts, ride widening & improvement as well a bit of tree work.

The RFS visits are well attended and enjoyed by everyone, as a learning experience on forestry and woodland culture. There are great discussions to be had taking advantage of the huge depth & breadth of expertise and knowledge present.

Tom, Paul & I tagged along. It was a nice excuse to meet up with old friends & make new ones.

Here’s our day in pictures…

RFS team at Parham EstateRFS young award winner & tutor at Parham visitIMG_4565Andy Wright talking forestry method to the RFS groupAndy talking to the RFS groupwork on ride widening up to the coppice linethinned and now waiting for invasive bracken to strikealfie rummages for truffles!birch woodsstill evidence of storm damageParhams Estate  ride through coppiceand we're off again, places to go, trees to seethere's so much to talk about, stopping to discuss birch trees and red oaksParham coppicerides through comparment at Parham Estatate with RFS visitorsRFS visitors at Parhams Estateeftovers are going for firewoodParham Estate RFS visit. viewing some thining worksthe RFS group on their way to view the veteran oaks at Parham Estatewe kept Andy talking

We stopped for a while to take in the view of a large area of recently thinned & tidied broadleaf woodland, already the rhododendron was surfacing and conversation switched to debate on rhody control, the best times of year to spray and cut it back.

the thinning and clearing rhododendron workRFS visit. viewing some thining workAndy talking to the RFS grouplistening to a Rhododendron clearance debate at Parham Estate RFS visitalfie show's tom how to hold a stickalfies in heavencleared but here are some mature broadleaves that are staying putclearing around broadleaves at Parhamclearingforest operations at Parhams estatewoodstackrides through comparment at Parham Estatate

There was much discussion on growth and tree health which continued as we walked on, past the dovecote.

lots of discussion at teh RFS visit to Parhamdebate about tree health and progress at Parhams Estate RFS visitProductive woodland  thininngsnice forest roads at parham estateParham Estate RFS visit group walk through the estate to the house for lunchParham Estate RFS visit group walk past the dovecteParham Estate dovecoteom and andy  at Parham Estate

Next was the piece de resistance, the stunning avenue of veteran oaks. The importance of ancient trees has been much documented but reading about them is not at all the same as getting up close & hugging one! Estimated at over 500 years old, these things are enormous. They’re grand but ungainly, strong & forboding but strangely delicate & sensitive as we found out on closer inspection, finding some of the old repairs that were made using cement & formwork to try to bridge fissures and splits in the trunks. Not something that would be considered good practice today but a touching effort none the less.

the RFS group on their way to view the veteran oaks at Parham EstateThe veteran oaks at Parhams EstateThe grand old veteran oak at Parham EstateThe veteran oak sat Parham Estate line one of the forest roadshe veteran oak at Parham Estate.The veteran oak at Parham Estate..The veteran oak at Parham Estate down the forest roadThe veteran oak at Parham Estate more conrete preservation workstrange concrete use to preserve trees at parhams estateThe veteran oaks at Parham EstateThe veteran oaks at Parhams Estate which were fixed using concrete and formwork back in teh 70'sGrand old oak at Parhams estate

To complete an excellent visit, Lady Barnard & the estate team were kind enough to allow us to visit the house & gardens too which is an absolute MUST. They’re extraordinarily beautiful and very interesting too if you’re like in history, architecture, tapestry, wood or gardens, not to mention the stunning parkland.

Parham House benchParham House incredible woodcarvingParham House beautiful woodcarvingParham House table and chairs in teh long hall


If you want to find out more about becoming a member of the RFS so you can go n these wonderful woodland tours click here

Fancy a visit to Parham to see the veteran oaks for yourself? Find out more here

Read about the Death Defying Ancient Yew tree in Wales

For more on veteran Oaks have a look at what the Woodland Trust & the Forestry Commission have to say

Join the Ancient Tree Forum here or the Ancient Tree Register here

Want to learn more about managing your woodland? Here’s a list of books at Amazon that might pique your interest, we’re especially fond go Gabriel Hemery’s new book The New Sylva

Find out ore about the Sylva Foundation here

For a consultation with Tom or Andy on any of our woodland management services get in touch via our enquiry form.


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