• Graduate Forester Job

    Have you recently qualified in forestry or an allied discipline? Are you looking to develop your skills, knowledge and work experience? If the answer is yes, then Cumbria Woodlands offers you the opportunity to both do interesting work and grow and develop.

    About the Role

    Cumbria Woodlands along with the Lake District Foundation have been awarded funding from The Green Recovery Challenge Fund grant to continue and develop the restoration of ecologically important woodlands in the Thirlmere Valley, Cumbria.
    To support this project, we are looking to recruit a recently qualified person with the right skills to plan, deliver and manage this work, with support from our team.

    Candidates should be chartered, working toward or willing to work towards Chartered status, or Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or another relevant professional body. This post is funded by The Green Recovery Challenge Fund. This is a government fund developed by Defra in partnership with its Arms-Length Bodies which the National Lottery Heritage Fund are administering on behalf of Defra. The post is initially offered on a 12-month fixed term contract, but we hope it will be extended beyond this.

    • Salary: £24,012
    • Hours: 37.5 per week; we support flexible working
    • Location: Thirlmere, Cumbria and remote; travel across Cumbria

    About Us

    Whilst the role is hosted by the Lake District Foundation, this is a partnership project and you be working closely with Cumbria Woodlands and United Utilities. The Lake District Foundation (LDF) is a registered charity. Based in Kendal, we work across the National Park, some 2000 km of landscape, and across wider Cumbria. We work to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, and the cultural heritage, of the Lake District. This is a unique environment which is a vital space for both nature and people.

    Cumbria Woodlands is a not-for-profit organisation which is in its 30th year. Our vision is for woodland in Cumbria to thrive ecologically and economically for the benefit of everyone. Cumbria Woodlands addresses gaps in delivery within the sector across woodland creation, woodland management, training and development, and policy and advocacy and invests its surplus for the good of the people and woodlands of Cumbria.

    How to Apply

    To request an application pack please contact Sandra Edmondson, Officer Administrator, Lake District Foundation : sandra.edmondson@lakedistrictfoundation.org

    For an informal discussion about the role, our organisation, and becoming part of a great team drop our Director Neville Elstone a line at neville@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk to arrange a time to chat.

    Closing Date- Monday 18th October 2021 at 9.00am
    Provisional Interview Dates- 28th and 29th October 2021 

  • WEBINAR- Natural Flood Management In Practice

    Recording of the highly successful webinar is now available here


    Hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly of applying natural flood management. We’re delighted to have representatives from a project at Belford, Northumberland, Slow the Flow in Pickering, plus an overview from Forest Research.

  • This is Big News!

    "Landmark £15 million woodland creation grant opens for applications"

    “Great to see the new suite of planting grants with significantly higher levels launched today that makes woodland creation even more attractive. Forestry grants and regulation continue to lead the way in land use." (Neville Elstone)

    "None of the planned interventions within ELMS has such a robust management plan, against a sector agreed standard and truly pays for public goods like the stackable options do within EWCO.” (Neville Elstone)

    More details here- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-15-million-woodland-creation-grant-opens-for-applications

  • "Government has published new tree and peat action plans that will help us tackle climate change, protect and restore our trees and reach net zero by 2050."

    Cumbria Woodlands welcomes the launch this week of the England Trees Action Plan, some ambitious “we will’s” in the plan which is great to see. A tripling of establishment rates in England is great to hear, it will be fascinating to see how the interactions of reductions in BPS, ELMS and the new support for creation interplay with the increasing regulatory tensions of peat and breeding birds in the uplands.

    "Plans to treble tree planting rates in England during this Parliament will be funded through £500 million from the Nature for Climate Fund while A major new multimillion pound tree planting grant – the England Woodland Creation Offer - will provide greater financial incentives for landowners and farmers to plant and manage trees."


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