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.

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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)