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Sustainable Woodland Management

  • Woodland managementWoodland management

    Monday 2nd - Fri 6th March 2015.
    Another course runs from Mon 26th - Fri 30th Oct 2015
    Course starts at 2pm on Monday and ends at 2pm on Friday.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £600, Low Waged £500, Concessions £375.
    Optional OCN Accreditation fee £90.

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Course details

This course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of managing a small wood and can lead to accreditation at Level 3 with the Open College Network for an additional fee.

This course is aimed at those currently managing or planning to manage woodland who wish to learn how to add value to a woodland from a social, economic and ecological standpoint.

This course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of managing a small wood and can lead to accreditation at Level 3 with the Open College Network for an additional accreditation fee of £90.

A theoretical and practical introduction to managing a small area of woodland, the course begins with an overview of the importance of sustainability in woodland management and introduces techniques to identify different types of woodland, assess and monitor wildlife and help promote biodiversity.

Learn how to process timber, including calculating timber sizes and volumes as well as using appropriate extraction, stacking, bundling, seasoning, cutting, splitting and conversion methods.

Financial aspects examined include assessing the value of woodlands and adding to this through woodland crafts and products. Specifically, we look at cleaving, weaving and turning, as well as charcoal, woodfuel and timber production.

The course also provides an overview of legal issues involved in woodland management, including woodland and wildlife protection laws, insurance, felling licences and management contracts.

Finally, we look at the value of local community support and the importance of community access and involvement in woodlands, focusing on woodland activities, links with local culture and methods of raising awareness and involvement.

The health and safety implications of this are also covered, including guidelines on undertaking risk assessments.

By the end of the course participants will have the foundations to confidently approach their own woodland management issues.

For those participants that wish to pay the additional £90, they will be issued a level 3 accreditation from the Open College Network.

The course is taught by CAT woodland manager Rob Goodsell.

There will be a day trip included where we will visit the woodland of expert woodsman Bob Shaw.

Some testimonials:-

I found the course excellent and have learnt many new skills and good knowledge about different trees and woods.

“Brilliant course! Non-Stop absorbing, addictive practical learning. A joy and inspiration.”

Course fee including full board accommodation:-
Waged £600, Low Waged £500, Concessions £375.

For students wishing to attain a Level 3 accreditation from the Open College Network, an additional £90 fee is payable.

For those students who wish to take the optional exam:-
You will be provided with a workbook that will be used during the course and then you will need to take this away to complete.
The book should then be returned to the tutor at CAT within 2 months of finishing the course.
All returned books will then be marked by the tutor and sent to Small Woods who will then request certificates from the Open College Network (OCN).
The Certificates will them be sent directly by OCN to the course participants that have paid for, completed and passed the exam.

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside.
We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.
If you do not bring them with you, you may not be able to take part in some of the activities.

To reserve a place on one of our courses, choose one of the following options:

• Online: Click on the “Book online” button either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• By telephone: Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 with your credit card details.
• By post: Firstly, call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 to check availability and then post cheque to:

Short courses
Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due two weeks before the start of the course.

Course Fees and Concessions
We offer concessions rates where stated for some courses, concessions apply to unemployed, retired or full-time students.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Cancellation Policy
We regret that except in cases of illness, we will make the following cancellation charges:
a) more than two weeks before the course - half the fee forfeit.
b) less than two weeks before the course - the full fee forfeit.

The deposit is non refundable in most circumstances.

However, the Centre reserves the right to cancel any courses, deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

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