Charles qualified as a rural Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) in 1979, and started farming in Norfolk in 1981. The farm is entirely arable, principally cereals and oilseed rape, and includes a proportion of woodland.
Of the woodland, the bulk is a single block of commercial forestry where the strategy has been to enhance existing areas of hardwood, whilst gradually transforming the larger conifer blocks by encouraging the growth of native species, mainly oak and ash.
This plan has been totally disrupted by the outbreak of Chalara die-back in ash trees, the result of which will be a major felling programme, followed by replanting, during the period 2017 to 2019.
The remaining woodland is run for amenity and shelter.
Charles was chairman of the East Anglia Division of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) for four years, completing his term in 2006. Since that date he has been the East Anglia representative on the governing council of the RFS.
Charles continues to be closely involved in the running of the family farm, although it is now primarily managed by a contractor, and he personally oversees the woodland.
“The UK forest industry is dominated by legislative and environmental pressures, and it is subject to a unique taxation treatment.
“However, all of this pales into insignificance when viewed against the background of ever-increasing disease pressure on our forest resources.
“Currently the focus is on ash, but almost all of our native tree species are under increasing threat from disease or insect attack.
“My own experience gives me a detailed insight into the issues faced by our landowning and forestry clients.”
This is in addition to his role as head of the Lycetts Rural division, offering insurance and broking services to landowners, farmers, horse owners and private clients through a network of twelve offices nationwide.
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