Date of release: Friday, October 17, 2014

Kentish woodland expertise at heart of university conferenceKentish woodlands and the traditional way they are managed are the focus of an international conference hosted by the University of Greenwich.

The second EuroCoppice event will see visitors from across Europe, as well as from South Africa and Turkey, visiting the county – the heartland of the coppice industry - to learn new techniques, share experiences and compare practices.

EuroCoppice, which is taking place at the university’s Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, between 3 and 5 November, will include working groups, expert speakers and a field trip to Torry Hill Fencing in Doddington, Kent.

Dr Debbie Bartlett, Programme Leader for Greenwich’s MSc in Environmental Conservation programme, and the organiser of this year’s event, says: “Hosting EuroCoppice is good news for Kent and for the university. It will allow us to show off our beautiful Kentish woodlands, which are in an important area for coppice woodland management.

“It is also a great opportunity for our MSc students to expand their knowledge and learn from the experts.”

Speakers include the Forestry Commission, owners of large and small woodlands, non-governmental organisations, local authorities and people who ply their trades in the woods. Topics will include the history of this traditional practice, as well as conservation and ownership.

Dr Bartlett, a member of the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science, was also a speaker at the inaugural EuroCoppice event in Italy. She adds: “Delegates will be asked for their views on each presentation, which will enable us to build up a stakeholder overview of the best practices in coppicing from around the world.”

A limited number of places are still available for day three of the event on 5 November. Contact David Rossney at esusforestry@btinternet.com or call 07870 162504 for details.

To find out more about studying science at the University of Greenwich: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci, call 020 8331 9000 or email courseinfo@gre.ac.uk

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