June 11, 2024, 9:00 am - June 12, 2024, 4:00 pm

SOLD OUT! 11-12 June 2024: Forestry for Non-Foresters: ‘Management Plans and Practices’ (Dalby, Yorkshire)

Tutors: Kevin Penfold and Jim Sauter of Penfolds - A very popular and successful two day training course for people who own or manage woodlands but have limited woodland and forestry knowledge.

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering, Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

This course will be delivered through a mix of classroom theory session and outdoor practical sessions with mentor support following the course.  It is led by Kevin Penfold and Jim Sauter, who have already delivered this course a number of times for the RFS with excellent feedback:

“Just a brilliant course. So much information packed into two days. I feel so much more confident about building timber production into my woodland creation schemes now.”

“Very knowledgeable instructors. Great course to give a whistle stop tour of forestry from start to finish.”

“Thank you so much for organising the mentor to come and help me with my woodland. We had a brilliant day and he helped me so much with encouragement and advice. I feel re-inspired and supported.”  

The Forestry for Non-Foresters course: Successful Woodland Management Plans and Forest Practices’, is designed for people who own or manage woodlands but have little experience or knowledge of forestry. It is an excellent introduction for people with limited woodland and forestry knowledge.

The two-day course will lead you through the process of making your own Woodland Management Plan.

Field visits will show the forest cycle from the establishment and aftercare of newly planted trees, through the silvicultural options for woodland management ending with the harvesting and marketing of timber.

The aim of the course is to demystify forestry, cutting through the jargon and allowing course participants to clearly understand what steps to take to release the potential of their woodland.

The course programme will include:

  • Develop and produce your own Management Plan
  • Tree establishment
  • Timber harvesting
  • Forest inventory and tree measurement
  • Woodland planning, grants and felling licences
  • Constraints and opportunities in managing forest operations and woodlands
  • Conservation, recreation, access and health and safety considerations.

This two-day course is £30.00 for RFS Members and £50.00 for Non RFS Members which includes 12 months RFS membership (eligible on completion of the course), offering the opportunity for ongoing support and training to help you manage your woodlands for further information follow this link membership.

Please book accommodation if you require it. Hot drinks will be included but lunch is not, so please bring packed lunches with you!

Kevin Penfold MicFor

Course Tutor

Kevin Penfold MicFor has over 35 years’ experience working with and managing woodlands. He spent 25 years of his career with the Forestry Commission in roles such as Forest District Manager, Operations Manager (for 11 years), Planning Forester, Technical Trainer, and Forester. In 2012 Kevin established his own business and now manages a wide range of woodland types with differing objectives, undertaking the marketing and supply of timber, contract management, health and safety management, woodland establishment, and woodland regeneration for private woodland owners. A past approved forestry technical trainer, assessor, and examiner, he has a high level of technical competence having represented forest industry interests at a national level with the HSE.

Jim Sauter MCMI

Course Tutor

Jim Sauter MCMI has over 40 years working in and managing woodlands. His early years were spent working on a private estate in Oxfordshire and for the Crown Estate in the West Midlands before studying at a Forestry College. The majority of his career was working for the Forestry Commission in Wales and England over 40 years in roles as diverse as Technical Trainer, Operational Management Trainer, Operations Manager West England and Head of Sustainable Land Management in West England. Jim is also a past approved forestry technical trainer, assessor, management trainer and examiner with a proven track record of skills and a high level of competence in Forestry Operations and Forest Management.