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Social Forestry OCN

  • Coppicing in the woodsCoppicing in the woods

    Tues 2nd - Fri 5th April 2019.
    Course starts at 9:30am and ends at 5pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full-board accommodation £600.
    The OCN Level 3 course fee is included in this course.

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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. The Level 3 OCN fee is included in the course.

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.

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

The course outline/timetable is as follows:

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.

DAY 4: Legal Obligations for Social Forestry and Preparation for the Written OCN Portfolio

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 £250 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 £250 deposit is non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us notice that you wish to cancel:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £250 deposit (if applicable).
• 27 days notice or less – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

Book Now!

Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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