A course designed for woodland owners and managers who want to manage their woodlands to balance wildlife, economic and social benefits.
You will learn:
- Understanding the true meaning of sustainability
- Woodland types and structure
- Practical woodland management
- Woodland crafts and products
- Woodland Biodiversity
- Social Forestry
This course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of managing a small wood and will lead to accreditation at Level 3 with the Open College Network.
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.
The course tutor will be Martin Hales.