5th February 2019, 17:30 – 21:00, Brooke Weston Academy, Corby

This year the RFS Midlands Winter Lecture, will be held once again at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby.  Our last lecture welcomed Bede Howell, talking all things oak and suggesting how this species’ rotation length may be shortened through the ‘free growth’ method.  This winter, with buoyant timber markets bringing previously uneconomic species e.g. poplar coming back into management, we ask: how can we find profitable, long-term uses for British timber?  How do architects and designers see the timber in our woods?

Jez Ralph has worked steadily to research profitable uses for British timber and build bridges between British timber growers and users.  His Nuffield Farming Scholarship took him around the globe looking at innovations in small-scale added-value timber processing.  Today, through work with the Architecture Association, Lantern Environmental and others, his organisation Timber Strategies Ltd carries out research on behalf of timber growers and users.  From robotic manufacture to heat-treated timber, we look forward to an insight into the timber trade of the future, and we are delighted to welcome Jez Ralph as our 2019 Winter Lecturer.

The proposed itinerary for the evening is as follows:

  • 17:30     The evening will commence with drinks and a hot meal, offering the chance to catch up with old friends and contacts, and to make new ones.
  • 19:45     We will then proceed to the Lecture Theatre for Jez Ralph’s talk.
  • The talk will then be followed by time for questions, where ideas and practicalities can be discussed – from the complete novice to the professional, all questions are welcome!
  • 20:30     Tea, coffee and further socializing.
  • 21:00     Close.

Prices for the event are £15.00 for RFS Members and £20.00 for Guests. 

To book a place, please contact Liz McGhee on 01536 408840 or Rob Stockley  on 07827 944426.

Payment may be made in advance by cheque, made out to “The Royal Forestry Society” and posted to Lockhart Garratt Ltd, 8 Melbourne House, Corbygate Business Park, Weldon, Northamptonshire, NN17 5JG; or by cheque/cash upon arrival.  Please note however, that pre-booking is essential.

We hope you can attend what will be a very popular evening and we strongly recommend booking early to secure one of the 50 places available.  Places will be booked on a first come / first served basis and a reserve list will be maintained for those not initially successful.

We look forward to meeting you.

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