Ever wondered why woodlands need management?
Want to know more about woodland management?

Join us this November/December for a FREE, five-part mini-series on woodland management delivered live by Jez Ralph and Kath Giles. Using a mix of Video, presentations and Q&A sessions the course provides an engaging and informative introduction to woodlands management.

The course is for anyone interested in woodlands, as a visitor, professional or landowner. All are welcome, with the course designed to demystify woodland management and look at how to create resilient woodlands for the future.


Booking is handled by Try Booking, we will be in touch via email with joining instructions before the start of the course. 

During the course, you will learn about-

Management Objectives-

  • What are the important factors for good woodland management and for you as possible custodians of the woodland?
  • What is and isn’t possible, ambition versus realism.
  • An introduction to sustainability and regulatory frameworks.
  • What a woodland management plan is and why it is important.

Assessing the condition of a woodland-

  • How do we tell what state a woodland is in?
  • How can we tell if a woodland is ecologically, economically and socially healthy and what do these things even mean?
  • How can a woodland be monitored for its health (or not) and how can we monitor it against possible future conditions to enable better decision making?

Silviculture: The cycle of tree growing

  • How do we grow trees, all the way from seedling to full maturity?
  • We will look at how different woodland types require different approaches to tree growing.
  • What factors does nature bring to our management decisions and what can we influence?
  • We will look at broadleaf woodland, conifer forests, and growing trees in all woodland types between.
  • This session will get into the heart of the science and art of “silviculture”.

Maintaining a healthy woodland

  • Learn how woodlands are a hugely complex system of symbiotic relationships of living organisms, including ourselves.
  • Discover that trees are the most obvious part but just a small part of what makes a woodland.
  • Learn more about managing the habitats, the users, the soils and all other parts of the woodland which is probably the most complicated part of woodland management.

Woodland products & services

  • What can a woodland be used for?
  • Can it produce timber, can it be used for hosting events, can the community get involved?
  • Is it possible to derive multiple uses & benefits from woodland and how is this managed?
  • We’ll look at some of the help available whether through grants, through organisations or through sustainable certification.
  • Finally, we’ll look at further training to take a deeper dive into areas of interest or even to take up a career in forestry.

(This training has been funded by the Forestry Commission Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Fund)