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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