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Sustainable Woodland Management

  • Woodland managementWoodland management

    Mon 4th - Fri 8th March 2019.
    Course starts at 2pm on Monday and ends at 2pm on Friday.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £600, Low Waged/Concessions £500.
    Optional OCN Accreditation fee £90.
    The course runs again on Mon 18th - Fri 22nd November 2019

  • Woodland managementWoodland management

    Winner of the Best Woodlands course 2017.

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  • Course outline

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.

The main tutor for this course is Rob Goodsell

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.

Accreditation fee


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 avai;able on this course.

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