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Conifers for Colleges Updates 2016

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The Conifers for Colleges (C4C) project has now completed its first growing season and the RFS Education team and partner colleges are busy collecting data and doing site maintenance.



Myerscough College - Initial Data Collection 14/03/2016

Monday 14th March 2016 saw the first data collection visit to a Conifers for Colleges (C4C) site.

Adam Todd (RFS Future Foresters Officer) & Ted Wilson (RFS Education Manager) travelled to Myerscough College to meet with Richard Hughes (Assistant Head - Greenspace and Creative Design, Myerscough College) and his form of enthusiastic students in the first year of the level 3 Arboriculture course.

After everyone was briefed and updated on the C4C project and its national importance, health and safety was addressed and a risk assessment completed.
The staff and students worked hard to collect data from the entire site including: survival rates, plant height, sapling health, stem diameter, type of treeshelter and evidence of browsing damage.

The students posed many detailed and relevant questions and got to learn about forest science methods and plant establishment skills

 A worthwhile field afternoon under a warm late winter sun was enjoyed by all!.

Following the success of this field work, the RFS and Myerscough College plan to continue their successful partnership.
The RFS will deliver Future Foresters lectures on resilience and forest health and provide information on forestry and arboriculture careers.

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