Engineering Forest Access for All
Thursday 6th September 2018
Newton Rigg Campus, Penrith
0930 – 1600hrs
Morning - Chair, Malcolm Cattermole, Forestry Commission
9:30 – 9:45 Opening Address – Malcolm Cattermole FEG Chairman
9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Speaker – Paul Matthews – Engineering & Design Manager – Sustrans Scotland
The current situation on the development of sustainable transport across the UK, the engineering challenges of creating new routes and managing existing ones, the differing access rights in the countries; dealing with the demands of the public and private landowners; the funding behind the projects, and the legislation involved too.
10:30 – 11:00 Lake District National Park
The management of the different needs of the park’s visitors; how the conflicts between the working forests and countryside, and walkers, cyclists and horse-riders are dealt with. In particular looking at the increasing demands on public and private forestry within the area of the Park. - MC
11:15 – 11:45 Murray Swapp - Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland
How creation of new access routes is being carried out by the National Parks in Scotland. This includes the planning of new routes, dealing with public and private landowners, the organisational set-up including the funders of the projects.
11:45 – 12:15 Ross McGowan - McGowan Ltd
The Contractor’s view on the building new access tracks for walkers, cyclists and horse riders in the forest: the machinery and equipment involved; how best to organise the work on site; working safely around other forest users.
12:15 – 12:30 Questions
Lunch – Speakers Photograph
Afternoon – Chair (TBC)
13:30 – 14:00 John Ireland - Visitor Safety Access Group
The risks and conflicts that can occur when opening up forests to greater and greater public access, and how best to manage and mitigate this. Also a look at some of the legislation involved too.
14:00 – 14:30 Forestry Commission Scotland – John Ogilvie
A case study on the creation of a new timber access haul route at Nether Horsburgh in the Scottish Borders, focussing on the steps involved in planning this new work, the environmental aspects/issues and dealing with all the regulatory agencies.
14:45 – 15.45
Perspective of an Estate Manager on the benefits and difficulties of providing public access into private forests. Is allowing access worth it in the long run?
15:45 – 16:00 Questions, Summary – Alastair Taylor, CEO IAgrE
Close – Tea and Coffee will be available for networking opportunities
For further inform please contact Bruce Hamilton, Secretary to the IAgrE Forestry Engineering Group