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Putting the Forestry into Forest Education: FEN Conference 2019

  • Venue - Rosliston Forestry Centre, Burton Road, Rosliston, Derbyshire DE12 8JX
  • Date - Thursday 04 April 2019
  • Times - 10.00am to 4.30pm

The Forest Education Network for England brings together key national, regional and local forestry and education organisations and, in the year of the Forestry Commission’s 100th anniversary, FEN is excited to celebrate forest education past, present and future.

The day is designed to expand delegates’ knowledge and understanding of ecology and management of the UK’s forests and woodlands and provide them with practical advice on managing their own sites for the benefit of both nature and people.

Whether you are a teacher, forest school practitioner, outdoor learning provider, woodland owner, or simply interested in Britain’s forests and woodland, this biannual event will provide you with sources of information, advice and valuable networks to improve your knowledge and practice.

In the diverse woodlands of Rosliston Forestry Centre, delegates will participate in three inspiring and practical workshop sessions led by national forestry and education experts.

RFS Teaching Trees Programme Officer, Becky Wilkinson, is facilitating Workshop A, "Wood", alongside Jen Hurst, Head of Forest Education, Sylva Foundation and Steve Fowkes, Advisor Business and Markets, Forestry Commission England. Details below:

From tree to wood product: information, resources and activities on how we use trees in Britain
What happens to British trees after they are cut down?  Where do they go, how are they used and what species are valued for what purposes?  Do we import trees from other countries and why?  How is forestry regulated both in the UK and abroad?  What relevance are these questions to forest educators and how do we help the people we work with to learn about our forestry sector and its value for wildlife, people and the economy in engaging ways?  How do we inspire young people to follow career pathways into forestry?

Find out the answers to these questions and more through taking part in this interactive, hands on workshop in Rosliston’s classrooms and woodlands. Activities and information will be sourced from publications and online sources produced by many national forestry and education organisations that are freely available.