Woodland training a great success

By Gary Cowell (March 2020)

Volunteer, Knighton Community Woodland Group

We are pleased to announce that our Introduction to Woodland Management training course has been a great success, even though the last day had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus.

Our first classroom-based day on the history of woodlands in Britain and the theory of woodland management was well attended, and the feedback from trainees was very positive.

Day 1 of the Introduction to Woodland Management course

I liked being able to ask questions that were very relevant to me. I feel like I learned a lot.

Scarlett Penn

Course attendee

On our second day, we went into a local wood and did a little on tree identification, looked at a management plan in action, and practiced felling and coppicing.  There were a few cries of “timber” as the trainees honed their skills on some small trees.

Day 2 – Learning to fell a small tree using hand tools

I liked the informality, and the speaker knew his stuff.


Course attendee

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the third and final day of the training course due to the current health situation. However, once the crisis has passed, we will be back in the woods to learn about coppice products such as beanpoles, and how to cut and season firewood.

About the Woodlands Group

The Woodlands Group, formerly known as Knighton Tree Allotments Trust, runs training courses in order to raise funds for its work in managing local woodlands. Local volunteers usually come together one day each week to learn and share woodland skills, although this is currently suspended due to the Coronavirus.

More information about training and volunteering opportunities with the Knighton Community Woodlands Group can be found at: www.tveg.org.uk  or contact woodland@tveg.org.uk  telephone 01547 520374.