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Social Forestry OCN

  • Coppicing in the woodsCoppicing in the woods

    Tues 21st - Fri 24th March 2017.
    Course starts at 9:30am and ends at 5pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full-board accommodation £600.
    Course only (no board but including lunch) £540.

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Course details

This course explores the use of woodlands to promote social and human wellbeing, and offers you the tools to start applying Social Forestry ideas in practice.

The course will give you an understanding of the theories and evidence underlying Social Forestry whilst gaining practical hands-on experience suitable for use with different client groups.

It will be delivered within a woodland setting, using a range of learning methods, to build on your existing skills and develop new ones.

The course will include:
• how woodlands promote human wellbeing
• managing group activities and individuals’ needs
• methods for observing changes in human wellbeing
• mindfulness in a woodland setting
• identifying and working in different woodland types
• practical woodland management
• setting up a woodland camp
• woodland crafts and activities

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

Your tutors for this course are Rob Goodsell and Julia Walling.

Rob has been working for CAT for eleven years.
He is currently working four woodlands of differing natures but to sustainable management principles focusing on the relationship between conservation, resilience, human interaction and economic realities.

Julia is the creator of Woods for Wellbeing, a social enterprise that connects people with woods.
She designs and runs a wide variety of social forestry projects for partners such as AONBs, Butterfly Conservation and the Forestry Commission.

Training Bursary available

Coed Lleol can provide funding to support places on the course that builds the capacity of social forestry practitioners and those people wanting to engage others in using woodlands for wellbeing.

Bursaries are intended to fund up to 50% of the costs, but 100% funding can be provided where the individual can demonstrate the benefit this will have on people they engage with, and where no personal or match funding can be found to attend the course. The budget is limited and we want to make this offer available to as many people as possible.

Before or after the training, Coed Lleol will expect the beneficiary write an article outlining their experiences or insights of the course as well as their plans for how they will use it. Coed Lleol will also expect volunteer leader time towards the Actif Woods project. The number of hours will be relevant to the amount of contribution made, and the level of skill and experience of the leader. For example, if £200 was provided towards the course, it would be expected that a beginner learner would give 15 hours of their time (this is equivalent to about 5 times 3 hour sessions=approx. £10/hour). Plus the written article which will equate to £50 of the course cost contribution.

Please email Jo Cooper at jocooper@smallwoods.org.uk for more details.

The course outline/timetable is as follows:

The Course will equip participants to run Social Forestry activities at a professional level.

Day 1: General Introductory Day:
AM: Introduction to Social Forestry.
PM: Looking at different woodland management systems.

Day 2: Human and Woodland Health and Wellbeing:
AM Understanding the principles of human health and social wellbeing.
PM Observing and assessing woodland wellbeing and undertaking woodland management activity.

DAY 3: Social Forestry in Practice:
AM Learning about the practicalities of managing Social Forestry activites.
PM Putting Social Forestry activities into practice.

Things you need to know

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.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

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

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

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

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

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

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


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