Training Courses and Continuing Professional Development

Training For All

Education and training have been at the heart of Cumbria Woodlands for over 30 years. Whether this is advice to landowners, practical professional development courses, conferences or online training, education is critical to the future of our woodlands. Learning about woodland management gives you the knowledge to know the right questions to ask about your land and allow you to better consider how you want to manage it. In 2021 we launched Canopy Learning to offer the best in online training and complement our practical courses.

Leading The Way With Online Training

Canopy Learning is Cumbria Woodlands online learning system designed to give candidates the best possible learning experience. Courses use a range of resources to keep the learning varied and engaging.

Videos using industry professionals give a personal approach and topics are introduced and explained by experts in a visually engaging and stimulating way.

Written content is supported by diagrams and further videos along with references for further reading.

Case studies are critically important to give context to the topics and these are presented in written reports, but also through podcast style conversations with professionals who manage those sites.

Courses also allow for sense checking, and questions allow for reflection on the topic and challenge learners to recall information and concepts.

With opportunities for discussion and support from tutors, Canopy Learning represents the best possible learning experience for the woodland and forestry sectors.

Canopy Learning

Courses available on our learning management system

Ancient Woodland Restoration for Continuing Professional Development

Who is the course for?

This course is currently free and has been developed to upskill land managers and influencers in following ancient woodland restoration themes

About this course

The course modules comprise:

  • key features and management
  • survey and planning
  • maximising ecological integrity
  • management approaches and opportunities

This training course is developed and provided by Cumbria Woodlands in partnership with the Woodland Trust, and has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Ancient Woodland Restoration for Student of Higher Education Institutes

Who are these learning resources for?

These Ancient Woodland Restoration learning resources are open and relevant to those teaching and studying forestry, and related subjects, at Higher Education Institutes. The resources have been developed to supplement existing learning resources and broaden awareness of the value of ancient woodland restoration management techniques

About these resources

These comprehensive learning resources are currently free and comprised of the following:

  • Ancient Woodland Restoration study sites
  • Ancient Woodland Restoration expert conversations
  • Ancient Woodland Restoration Woodland Trust practical guidance introductions

These learning resources are developed and provided by Cumbria Woodlands in partnership with the Woodland Trust, and have been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Ground Preparation for Woodland Creation

Who is this course for?

The right ground preparation on the right soils can improve survival and growth rates along with reducing the need for herbicide. That’s got to be good - improved growth reduced nasties! The wrong ground preparation done in the wrong way on the wrong site can sink the whole push towards increased planting.

Cumbria Woodlands offers this free comprehensive online course for specifiers, regulators, contract managers and contractors wanting to plant trees.

About this course

The course modules comprise:

  • What is ground preparation?
  • Site conditions and tree growth
  • Environmental guidance and legislation
  • Ground preparation techniques
  • Matching ground preparation to the site
  • Case study reflections

This training course is developed and provided by Cumbria Woodlands and has been funded by the Forestry Commission in association with Roots to Prosperity, RDI and Martin Glynn.

The initial support for this work came from the Forestry Commission through the Research and Development Grant under the Forestry Innovation Fund.

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Practical Training Courses

Our practical training courses are currently on-hold until 2022.

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