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WISE ABOUT WOODS TRAINING COURSES

We are delighted to announce that we will be expanding our training course programme for 2018.  We will be running a total of eight one day courses to take place between April and October at various locations.

These courses are designed to meet the needs of new and novice woodland owners and others who wish to further develop their existing knowledge and skills in many aspects of forestry.

 

Each course has clear learning objectives and will include a mixture of lectures and practical activities. Locations have been selected where the principles being explained can be demonstrated in the forest. 

Small group sizes will make it possible for the learning to be informal and personal, and highly rewarding.

Delegates will be issued with an RFS Certificate of Attendance following each course.

Our team of instructors are all acknowledged experts in their fields and dedicated to forestry education. Their profiles are here.

 

PRICES AND REGISTRATION

RFS member and non-member course prices can be found by clicking on the relevant course link.  

If you're considering becoming an RFS member, join today to receive a discount on your training course ticket price.  For more information on member benefits click here 

Places on all courses are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Further details and information can be obtained by following the links to a dedicated Eventbrite registration page for each course. This includes a secure online system for payment of course fees. Terms and conditions apply.

  

2018 PROGRAMME OF COURSES

 

Course 1Woodland Archaeology 

Date: Monday, 16 April 2018

Instructor: John Morris

Location:  Hockeridge & Pancake Woods and The Old School, Ashley Green, Bucks

About: Learn how to identify, map and understand the interesting historic features found in Hockeridge & Pancake Woods.  Consider how to protect woodland archaeology from woodland management operations and consider other options for archaeological survey, such as Lidar and use of old maps.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm 

Price: £55.00 RFS members / £65.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.

Meet the instructor: here

 

Course 2Grading and measuring timber 

Date: Friday, 11 May 2018  

Instructor: Gavin Munro

Location:  Whitney Sawmill, Old Station Yard, Hereford HR3 6EZ

About: This is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in learning more about timber quality and grading. The course covers the basics of wood anatomy and the growth of high quality timber trees. Special features, such as ripple grain in sycamore, will be explained, as well as the various defects and types of decay that can influence wood quality. The course therefore provides useful information for anyone who is planning to harvest or who wants to improve the timber quality of their woodland. The course starts with an indoor session and then moves out onto the estate to look at examples of standing trees with various features of note. Example logs will be presented for practical exercises on grading and evaluation. This is a hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of wood and the traditions of timber grading.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm 

Price: £65.00 RFS members / £80.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.

Meet the Instructor: here

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Course 3: Essential guide to caring for your wood

Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Instructor: Prof Julian Evans, OBE FICFor

Location: St Mary's Hall, 8 High Street, Overton, Hampshire RG25 3HA

About: This short course provides an overview of the key considerations and issues when caring for a woodland. It serves as an excellent introduction for those who are new to woodland ownership or interested in the practical aspects of caring for a woodland. The course will cover some of the key concepts of forestry and conservation, and include a guided tour of the Northdown plantation, Julian's own wood, to view stands of different species, various silvicultural treatments, and to consider forestry and conservation objectives.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Price: £55.00 RFS members / £65.00 non RFS members

Notes:  Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided but course attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch.  Bring outdoor clothing for the afternoon session. Copies of Julian's book, "Getting started in your own wood" will be available for £10.00 i.e. 25% discount.

Meet the Instructor: here

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Course 4: Tree identification

Date: Friday, 29 June 2018  

Instructor: John Morris

Location:  Hockeridge & Pancake Woods and The Old School, Ashley Green, Bucks

About: Learn to identify and understand the differences between some of the more common broadleaved trees and conifers found in Hockeridge & Pancake Woods, planted for forestry or as ornamentals. Also learn to assess the whole tree. Collect samples of leaves, twigs, bugs, seeds etc to help with identification and build confidence in your ability to use tree books, keys etc to identify new species.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm 

Price: £55.00 RFS members / £65.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.

Meet the Instructor: here

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Course 5: Essentials for measuring woods and trees

Date: Friday 7 September 2018

Instructor: Mike Jones

Location:  Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire

About:   This short course equips you with the knowledge and skill to complete basic woodland measurements that are useful for guiding future management activities. The course will explain both the principles and how they can be applied, as well as providing lots of time to practice taking measurements on trees and in the woods. Included will be basic tree measurements, and surveying techniques to assess many aspects of a woodland, including regeneration and growth. 

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Price: £65.00 RFS members / £80.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunch, but tea and coffee will be provided.

Meet the Instructor: here

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Course 6: Tree Health - pests & diseases  

Date: Friday, 6 April 2018

Instructor: Adam Sharman

Location:  Hockeridge & Pancake Woods and The Old School, Ashley Green, Bucks

About:  This course is designed to provide delegates with the skills and understanding to identify the common tree pests and diseases in the UK and to provide options and discussion on ways we can mitigate damage against them.  The day will be split in two, with the morning session covering the theory portion including presentations and discussion,.  The afternoon will be practical session in Hockeridge and Pancake woods where the RFS has over 50 specimen trees and a diverse range of commercial conifer and broadleaf stands. The wood is 74ha in the Chilterns on the Bucks / Herts county boundary. The woods are ancient but have been replanted since the 1950s.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Price: £55.00 RFS members / £65.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunch, but tea and coffee will be provided.

Meet the Instructor: here

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Course 7: GIS - Management planning with myForest

Date: 19 October 2018

Instructor: Paul Orsi

Location:  Room LR1, Shuttleworth College, Shuttleworth Business Centre, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade SG18 9DX

About:  

myForest is a free to use online web tool designed to help woodland owners and managers produce management plans.  The system allows users to map their woodlands, add information (including inventory and work programme) and produce management plans using Forestry Commission England’s template. 

The course will take participants through the whole management planning process, from a woodland survey through to producing management plans that can be approved by a Forestry Commission Woodland Officer. Participants will learn how to create a myForest account, map a woodland area, add attribute data and generate a management plan and associated maps. We will look at what is required from a good management plan and how myForest can help you with this.

This course is aimed at owners of small woodlands who are keen to learn how to create their own management plan.

Duration: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Price: £85.00 for RFS members / £100.00 for non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.  Alternatively, hot and cold food and drinks can be purchased from the onsite college cafeteria.  

Meet the Instructor: here

 

Course 8: An introduction to soil identification for foresters

Date: 28 June 2018

Instructor: Andy Moffat

Location:  Main conference room, Alice Holt Research Station, Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH.

About:  

This course will enable delegates to: Understand the importance of soil recognition in forest management; understand how to use published geological and soil information to help in soil type identification; learn how to approach soil investigation in the forest or field, and gain some practical experience in doing so; understand the principles behind the Forestry Commission Ecological Site Classification (ESC) System, and how to input appropriate data into it, and understand how to predict tree species suitability using ESC, taking climate change into account.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Price: £125.00 (inc VAT) for RFS members / £150.00 for non RFS members

Note: Included in the price is a copy of the Forestry Commission Field Guide entitled 'The identification of soils for forest management'.  Tea and coffee will be provided but delegates are advised to bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.

Meet the Instructor: here

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