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VMT are please to be able to work with experienced instructor and lecturer, Thomas Cavanagh, to offer a VMT accredited 1 day introductory course for Woodland Management  for conservation. With a background in Countryside Management, Thomas has extensive theoretical and practical knowledge to enable you to gain the basic knowledge of management techniques, allowing you to manage small woodlands for nature conservation.

Content covered will include

  • What is Woodland/Forest
  • History of British Woodlands and the Forestry sector (Silviculture, grazed woodlands, pollarding, coppice, ancient woodland …)
  • Woodland layers, structures and biodiversity (Vertical, horizontal, dead wood, boundaries …)
  • Ecological succession (Rock to woodland)
  • Importance of woodland indicators (Semi ancient woodland, National Vegetation Classification)
  • Various woodland intervention techniques (Thinning, rides, planting, ponds, natural regeneration, creating open spaces…)
  • Importance of woodland surveys (Need to know what you already have)
  • Management Plans (Objectives and aims for your woodland)

For further details and available dates, please call the office on 03330 151152 or email


Target audience:

A Health and Safety course for anyone planning and overseeing the implementation of works and the related worksite within the landscaping, arboriculture, forestry, amenity management and ecology industries. As this course is designed specifically for these industries, consideration is given to the factors most affecting both the planning and safe and legal implementation of work. Whilst this course does contribute towards a ‘professionally qualified’ CSCS card, it is a useful tool for anyone working at this level, regardless of their need for a CSCS card. For more information on which course is needed for which card, check out

Course content:

The course focuses not only on the key health and safety legislation related to planning and carrying out works safely and to best practice but also how to develop a positive safety culture within the team through effective man management and appropriate training and support.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Know the key legislation that will need to be considered when planning a worksite.
  • Apply key legislation to work scoping and planning
  • Plan and deliver a site induction
  • Understand the affects of workforce management on creating a culture of safety


  • 1 day pre-learning to be carried out online at your convenience prior to the course starting.
  • 3 days face to face with our experienced Health and Safety advisor


  • An online multiple choice test
  • Participation in group activities
  • A short presentation focusing on a site induction

Next steps:

Check out the ROLO manager link on the website, call the office on 03330151152 or email us at

ROLO Manager Course

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer training and qualification for the Level 4 Award in Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Lifting Equipment through our very own in house instructor, Phill Escritt. With three days of training and 1 day accredited assessment at either our own Islip training Centre or, subject to numbers, the client’s own location, Phill is well equipped to develop your knowledge and understanding of the standards needed to be classed as a competent person to carry out LOLER assessments. Small groups (max 4)  give you plenty of time to work through the syllabus in order to understand the requirements of the qualification.

Aimed at those with a comprehensive knowledge of modern arboricultural practice, particularly relating to tree climbing and rigging techniques and the associated equipment used in such operations.  Typically you will come from an arboricultural contracting background, but this also includes  associated roles, providing you have the relevant knowledge and experience of arboricultural equipment and the circumstances in which it is commonly used.

What you can expect to cover:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Inspection intervals
  • Record keeping, traceability, and reporting
  • Identification
  • Types of damage and defects
  • Inspection techniques
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Lifespan and disposal of equipment
  • Glossary of terms & abbreviations

At the end of your course you will be assessed on your ability to

  • Show understanding of and compliance with legislation pertaining to the examination of arboricultural lifting equipment.
  • Produce a report of thorough examination.
  • Show understanding of equipment inspection and fault diagnosis.
  • Use and understand terminology for the thorough examination of lifting equipment.
  • Show understanding of lifting equipment configurations.

For more information, please visit the course section of the website, email on or call us on 03330151152.