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Certification and PAWS: best practice and practical reality

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Venue: Thirlmere Recreation Hall, nr Keswick

Cost: Free - but booking is essential.

This event is aimed at professional land and forestry agents who have both PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site) sites and have or are seeking FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification, and thus need to meet the requirements of UKWAS (the UK Woodland Assurance Standard). The focus is on helping to ensure that they are both undertaking the correct work and supporting this with the correct documentation for auditing.

There will be formal presentations in the morning and a field visit to a United Utilities site in the afternoon. Presentations in the morning will include:

  • Louise Hackett from the Woodland Trust: Why we care about PAWS, why are they important; a view from the Woodland Trust.
  • Owen Davies from FSC UK: Overview of certification requirements and what is in the UKWAS standard, including an update on its latest review.
  • Heather Swift of the Woodland Trust will illustrate how they go about putting this into practice on their own sites, focusing on planning and audit trails.
  • Vicky Bowman of United Utilities will then give the view from a private company to illustrate how they are putting it into practice.
  • Angela Douglas FICFor BSc(For) from A Douglas Consultancy: An auditor’s role - what is and is not done!

The afternoon visit will be to Great Hoff, which is both SSSI and PAWS, to look at a real-world example of a certified PAWS site.

We understand that some delegates may wish to just attend either the morning or afternoon sessions, this is fine but if you could let us know prior to the event please.

The event is sponsored by the Woodland Trust and FSC UK.

Booking: Contact karen@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk to check availability. A booking form is available for download below. You can also call 01539 822140, but please note that our office is usually manned only on Tuesdays.

Directions: Postcode: CA12 4TQ Grid Reference: NY 318 189
Thirlmere Recreation Hall can easily be found on the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick. Just to the north of The King's Head Inn and Thirlmere, turn off the main road onto St John's In The Vale road. The Recreation Hall is on the right hand side, just off the main road. There is some parking in the village hall car park or also on a layby next to the junction with the A591.

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