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Sustainable Woodland Management

  • Woodland managementWoodland management

    Mon 29th Feb - Fri 4th March 2016.
    Course starts at 2pm on Monday and ends at 2pm on Friday.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £600, Low Waged £500.
    Optional OCN Accreditation fee £90.
    Another course runs from Mon 24th - Fri 28th Oct 2016.
    Another course runs Mon 27th Feb - Fri 3rd March 2017.

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Course details

Learn how to make the most of our natural resources on this fascinating course where you’ll get a comprehensive overview on how to manage woodland sustainably by looking at biodiversity conservation and woodland management skills.

This course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of managing a small wood and you’ll be spending most of your time in CAT’s beautiful and sustainably managed woodland Coed Gwern.

What’s covered:

The importance of sustainability in woodland management.

Techniques to identify different types of woodland, assess and monitor wildlife and help promote biodiversity.

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 including 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.

Legal issues including woodland and wildlife protection laws, insurance, felling licences and management contracts.

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.

Health and safety implications are also covered, including guidelines on undertaking risk assessments.

This course is perfect for you if you are either currently managing or planning to manage woodland and wish to learn how to add value to a woodland from a social, economic and ecological standpoint.

By the end of the course you’ll have the foundations to confidently approach your own woodland management issues.

You’ll also have the option to accredit your learning to Level 3 with the Open College Network if you complete the additional coursework.

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.

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
Please note that 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.

Accreditation fee


Course Fees.


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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 952

February 2016 date is now FULL.
There are places available on the course in October.

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