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Woodland Wisdom

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Our clients say…

  • Thanks for your help, much appreciated and really enjoyed the first aid course with Simon. The venue was smart as well

  • Extremely knowledgable instructor, great site, good notes and plenty of time to practice new skills

  • The knowledge gained has been priceless, the experience of relevant forestry topics will help to grow my business in my area of focussed expertise and that will be the ultimate value to me

  • I attended the the Introduction to Woodland Management course, and it was so good, and had such a positive effect on me, that only this week I have embarked upon a BSc in Forest and Woodland Management with the University of Cumbria, so I would say that was a successful intro!

  • Loved the CS 32/34 chainsaw 'windblow' course last week at beautiful Thirlmere. Learned how many bad chainsaw habits I've picked up it over the years!

Notices and promotions

  • Managing Ash woodlands: living with the impacts of ash dieback

    Monday 18th March 10am – 2pm Arnside Educational Institute, Arnside, LA5 0DF

    This free workshop is aimed at woodland managers and owners, woodland workers, ecologists and contractors concerned with the management of broadleaved woodlands experiencing or threatened by ash dieback.

    Ash dieback is present in many woodlands and ash saplings in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB area and across the North-west. The aim of this workshop is to share information and experiences to help us become better informed to deal with, and manage, the impacts of the disease.

    Guest speakers (agenda attached):
    · Rebecca Oaks, Chartered forester and ex-coppice merchant
    · Barnaby Wilder, Forestry Commission. Tree Health officer
    · Steve Scott, Forestry Commission. Area Director - East of England
    · Cumbria Woodlands
    · Question and answer session

    Numbers are limited, so to reserve your place at this important event, contact the Arnside and Silverdale AONB team by email or phone the office 01524 761034

    Following the workshop a hot lunch will be provided. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements when booking your place.

    The workshop is being run by the Arnside and Silverdale AONB team with funding supplied by the Forestry Commission.

  • Forest Seedlings - a new publication from the Forestry Commission

    The ability to accurately identify tree and shrub seedlings is invaluable to anyone with an interest in forests and woodlands and it is fundamental to practical woodland management. However, identifying seedlings in their first year of growth is not as straightforward as identifying adult trees and shrubs, as they are often strikingly different in appearance.

    Forest Seedlings is a new digital field guide to identifying tree and shrub seedlings in the British Isles. The guide has been developed by experts working for the Forestry Commission in Great Britain and covers nearly 100 species commonly found in British forests and woodlands.

    The guide contains stunning high-resolution images of leaves and other seedling features that can be used for identification. Species can be searched for and listed by their common and scientific names and dynamic filtering allows users to identify seedlings based upon a number of key characteristics. The ‘Field notes’ tool provides an easy way to add notes and automatically record the locations of specimens using the device GPS, which does not require a mobile phone signal

  • New Countryside Stewardship Scheme Information

    On 4th November it was announced that the new environmental land management scheme would be called Countryside Stewardship, which is part of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for England. It will replace the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS), Environmental Stewardship and capital grants from the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme.

    A new CAP Reform leaflet called ‘Introducing the new Countryside Stewardship scheme’ has been published on GOV.UK

    The leaflet covers:
    • An introduction to the scheme and how it works
    • Funding available in 2015 including Woodland Creation Grants
    • Facilitation Funding
    • How and when to apply for Countryside Stewardship

    Further information on this scheme was released by DEFRA on 25 November, including payment rates.  Click here for more information.

  • Forestry Apprentice Scheme - get involved!

    Bringing new people into to the industry and improving the connections within the sector is the focus of a new partnership Cumbria Woodlands and the Farmer Network have been developing over the past few months. We are keen to hear from forestry companies who are thinking about taking on extra staff to see how this fits with funded apprenticeship programmes. We will explain the scheme to forest companies and guide you through the application process. The forestry sector needs more trained and knowledgeable people and this is one way of making it happen, which is thanks to support from DEFRA’s Rural Growth Network and the Forestry Commission.  Contact to find out more.

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