LOCATION

PROVIDER

COURSE

CONTACT DETAILS

SKILLS/CERTIFICATION

REVIEW

REVIEWER

DATE

Bristol

Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Forest School

LWfarm.org.uk

OCN Forest School Leaders Award Level 3 How to make a collage, shelter building, fire-making, knife and tool use, woodland management.

Course length: 6 months–1 year;
No. of students: 10;

Review: A good location for the course as there were facilities for learning, indoors and outdoors within close proximity of each other. Well organised.

Louise Emerson

2012

Bristol,

Ashton Court / Lullsgate

Arboriculture & Forestry Training

Chainsaw Maintenance and Small Tree Felling

01179 522475

H&S / legalities; maintenance; cross-cutting & felling.

Course length: 4 days;

No. of students: 3;

Review: Excellent, would highly recommend.

Jon Nicholas

2014

Cambridgeshire, Newmarket

Ely & District Training Group

Chainsaw cross-cutting and maintenance

Elyanddistricttraining

How to safely maintain and use a chainsaw.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Good – well-run, professional  and plenty of information

Colin Morrison

2013

Cheshire, Crewe

Wildwood

Woodland management and tree ID

Wildaboutwood.co.uk

Tree ID, different management options, tree planting, pond advice, wild flower ID

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 1; Review: The weekend ran smoothly, laid back, nice to be in our own wood.

Kerry Tapp

2012

Cornwall, Newquay

Kernow Training Group

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting

Kernowtraininggroup

Health & safety / regulatory issues / practical skills / some woodland management information.

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 2; Review: All excellent, everything we needed.

Steve MacNeil

2012

Cornwall, Newquay

Kernow Training Group

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting, and felling trees up to 15"

Kernowtraininggroup

Health & safety / regulatory issues / practical skills / some woodland management information.

Course length: 7 days; No. of students: 4; Review:

Lew Murdoch

2012

Cornwall, Newquay

Kernow Training Group

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting, and felling trees up to 15"

Kernowtraininggroup

Health & safety / regulatory issues / practical skills / some woodland management information.

Course length: 3½ days;

No. of students: 6 (1-to-1 on practical work);

Review: All perfectly good and professionally done. Thorough, patient and experienced trainer.

Maren Bennette

2013

Cornwall, Penzance

Future Tracks

Coppice Management

www.futuretracks.co.uk

 

How to cut the trees, measuring space, brash management, tool maintenance/sharpening.

Course length: 3 days;

No. of students: 3;

Review: Very appropriately pitched for the level of knowledge of attendees.

Jason Heppenstall

2014

Devon

Woodmanship

Woodland management planning

woodmanship.co.uk

Drawing up a woodland management plan, practical execution of plan. Targeting squirrel damage, improving diversity, seasoning firewood

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 2; Review: Bespoke training in own wood. Excellent detailed knowledge from Mike Gardner

Roy & Linda Kerrigan

2012

Devon, Barnstaple,

Bulworthy Project

Charcoal making

Bulworthyproject.org.uk

Health & safety; charcoal making and marketing.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 2; Review: Well thought out and organised.

Iain & Wenderlynn Bagnall

2011

Devon, Dulverton

Hush Farms

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting

Hushfarms.co.uk

Heath & safety; fuelling, and maintenance; cross-cutting and stacking timber

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 3; Review: First class- everything you could need. Excellent tuition

Mike Sheppard

2013

Devon,

Farway

Mike Cooke

Woodland plant & tree ecology day.

07963017543

 

 

Plant ID; plant distribution within the woodland; tree ID and management; copy of species report.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 2

Review: Really interesting.

Glenn & Kate McLean

2013

Devon, Hatherleigh

Forest Crafts

Charcoal-burning

www.forestcrafts.co.uk

Charcoal-making processes and techniques. Marketing the product

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Ben May’s course was well run, covered a variety of subject matter and included practical demonstrations.

Tom & Cara Toogood

2013

Devon, Newton Abbot

DASH (Devon Association of Smallholders)

Chainsaw operation 21 & 28

Devonsmallholders.co.uk

General operation of the chainsaw including H&S issues. Routine maintenance. Basic cross-cutting.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Very good. Tutor was very knowledgeable.

Susan Young

2009

Devon, Peppercombe

National Trust Courses

Hedgelaying workshop

Nationaltrust.org.uk

Details of tools, wood species, dates, method of laying hedge in traditional Devon manner.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 11; Review: Useful instruction, but closer supervision would have been beneficial to help improve on our basic skills.

Sire & Austin Philp

2011

Devon, Tiverton

Natural Health Courses

Natrupathic Therapies

Naturalhealthcourses

 

Uses of readily growing woodland herbs/flowers.

Course length: ;

No. of students: 25;

Review: Good, well organised.

Coxall

2013

Devon, Totnes

Agroforestry Research Trust

Forest gardening

Agroforestry.co.uk

Planting for wildlife / how plants interact & benefit one another (plant symbiosis) / designing for the landscape / edible plants, / commercial possibilities.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 28; Review: Excellent.

Sarah Durrant

2012

Dorset, Dorchester

Brian Charman Associates Forestry & Arboricultureal Training

Basic chainsaw course

Briancharman.com/

Chainsaw maintenance, small tree felling, cross-cutting, hung-up trees

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 1; Review: Great – provided excellent handbook and clothing discount vouchers. Brian is a top tutor.

Steve Williams

 2013

Dorset, Holditch

Guy Mallinson Woodland Workshop

Children's wood working

Mallinson.co.uk

Using a pole lathe & shave horse, made a willow whistle and a potato masher.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 10; Review: Very well set up.

J. Kemp & J. Slater

2011

Essex, Marsh Hall Estate

Eastern Training Alliance

Chainsaw maintenance and operation

EasternTrainingAlliance

Health and safety, chainsaw maintenance; chainsaw operation; cross-cutting

No. of students:3 ; Review: Very relaxed but still focused on the training.

Richard Scants

 2010

Essex, Saffron Walden

Coppice Designs

Coppice course

Coppicedesigns.co.uk

Full history of coppicing/cycle/how to coppice/coppice products/ health & safety

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 9; Review: Well run, facilities fairly basic. Tool supplied – very worthwhile.

Maggie Kent

2013

Essex, Southend

Growing Together

Permaculture design

Trustlinks.webs.com/

Permaculture, forest; meadow

Course length: 10 days; No. of students: 12; Review:  Very good in community garden.

Matthew King

2011

Essex, Southend

MarkOne  Training

Chainsaw course - basic

Mark1training.co.uk

Chainsaw maintenance, sharpening, adjustment, etc. Fuel/lubrication etc. Learnt different types of cuts. (But no felling on course.)

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 3; Review: Well run course, very thorough.

Robert Styles

2012

Gloucestershire, Cirencester

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Chainsaw maintenance

Rau.ac.uk

Arboriculture 1: Lantra Chainsaw Maintenance Use of personal protective equipment, chainsaw maintenance including chain sharpening; cross-cutting techniques.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Very professional, well equipped workshop.

Sarah & John Durrant

2011

Gloucestershire,Cirencester

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Chainsaw maintenance & cross-cutting

Rau.ac.uk

NPTC Unit 30/31 Chainsaw maintenance; cross-cutting

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 5; Review: Very informative and mostly practical course. Tutor was very professional and a lifelong forester.  Recommended.

Marcus Sanderson

2013

Gloucestershire,Cirencester

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Chainsaw maintenance & cross-cutting

Rau.ac.uk

NPTC Unit 30/31 Chainsaw maintenance; cross-cutting

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Excellent – lots of trees to fell. 2 days on maintenance, 3 days on cutting. Independent assessment, & included fuel and oil.

Damien Le Gresley

2013

Gloucestershire, Cirencester

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Chainsaw Maintenace & Cross Cutting

Rau.ac.uk

 

Chainsaw maintenance; H&S aspects; felling small trees; cross-cutting (LANTRA course)

Course length: 3 days;

No. of students: 4;

 Review: Excellent throughout. Well organised & efficiently run.

Simon Sonsino

2014

Hampshire, Blagden Copse

Westnet Services Ltd / Three Copse Woodland Products

Basic Woodland Management

www.threecopse.co.uk

 

Introduction to woodland management techniques, managing plantation. Effects on different approaches on surrounding habitat.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 5;

Review: Informed, but ran to time. Adequate breaks. Good location. Mainly verbal, not much printed material.

Simon Sonsino

2014

Hampshire, Chichester

TCV Conservation Volunteers

Domestic Chainsaw use

www.tcv.org.uk

Introduction to safe operation and maintenance of chainsaws

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Excellent and highly recommended.

Jim Mathieson

2013

Hampshire,

Isle of Wight

Goodleaf Tree Climbing

LANTRA Essential Recreational Tree Climbing

www.goodleaf.co.uk

 

Climbing techniques in ascent/descent/traversing/ double rope technique/ rescue etc. Emphasis on H&S aspects. Some tree biology and identification.

Hazards to look out for when assessing whether a tree is suitable to be climbed.

Use of climbing for conservation work etc.

Course length: 3 days;

No. of students: 4;

Review: Extremely well run course; all equipment provided; good facilities to climb; all to LANTRA standards; course is equivalent to a tree climbing/chainsaw course (but without the chainsaw).

Tony Brazao

2014

Hampshire, Micheldever

Hampshire Training Providers

Safe use of a chainsaw

Hampshire-training.co.uk

Maintenance & care of chainsaw; cross-cutting and safety.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 8; Review:  No felling on this course, but very good training, with strong emphasis on safety.

Peter Docherty

2013

Hampshire, Petersfield

Sustainability Centre

OCN Sustainable woodland management

Sustainability-centre.org

Lots on how to buy the tutor's books and a bit on sustainability.

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: 12; Review: Bit amateur. Could be more on the ball.

J. Moss

2011

Hampshire, Petersfield

Sustainability Centre

OCN Sustainable woodland management

Sustainability-centre.org

Principles of woodland sustainability, methods of management and their application. Woodland plans and an understanding of timber production. Promoting biodiversity. Woodland protection in law.

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 12; Review: Catering was good and the facilities were more than adequate. 2 days spent in a wood gave some good hands-on experience.

Tim Hobson

2011

Hampshire, Winchester,

Barn The Spoon

Spoon carving

Barnthespoon.com

 

 

Spoon carving spatula. Focus on process not product.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 8;

Review: It was really good, he could definitely teach, really well structured and very casually delivered but with lots of depth.

Liz Wakelin

2014

Herefordshire, Ledbury

Creative Breaks

Herbal medicine making

Creativebreaks.co.uk

How to make various lotions and potions from natural materials.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 6; Review: Very good

Jennifer O'Reilly

2012

Hertfordshire, Enfield

Capel Manor College

Extended certificate in Forestry & Arboriculture.

www.capel.ac.uk

Extended certificate in Forestry & Arboriculture.

Lantra 2 and CS30. Included all aspects of chainsaw use and maintenance, felling and rope-work

Course length: 1 year (1 day/week)
No. of students: 10;
Review: Comprehensive and very well run with plenty of ‘hands-on’ activity. Included intensive chainsaw training. Good access to facilities to practise all activities.

Gillian Leady

2013

Hertfordshire, Enfield

Capel Manor College

Chainsaw Maintenance, cross cutting, felling and processing.

www.capel.ac.uk

 

Felling and cross cutting to prepare timber as firewood.

Course length: 5 days;

No. of students: 3;

Review: Excellent as you would expect from one of the best in this field.

Richard Allen

2013

Ipswich,

Lion Barn

BTS Group

Basic Chainsaw

www.btsgroup.com

 

 

Chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting, processing of trees.

Course length: 5 days;

No. of students: 4;

Review: Very well run. Classroom was well prepared, as were the practical days. Very good course.

Paul Scopes

2014

Kent, Ashford

AJS Crafts

Green wood working

ajscrafts.co.uk

Green wood working, basketry, carving, charcoal burning, coppicing

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: XX; Review: Very detailed. Good handout.

Wendy Beach

2010

Kent, Cranbrook

Esus Forestry

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting, and felling trees up to 15"

Esusforestry.co.uk

Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, different felling cuts, dealing with hung up trees, dealing with leaning trees, use of felling lever and winch, snedding, efficient processing and stacking of wood.

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Great course materials, facilities and chainsaw equipment for borrowing.

Duncan Stone

2011

Kent, Cranbrook

Esus Forestry

Chainsaw maintenance and tree felling

Esusforestry.co.uk

Chainsaw maintenance and safety, felling corsican pine and including coppicing and thinning practical work

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: 1; Review: Sensible, practical hands-on course. Very well organised.

Peter Buckley

2011

Kent, Cranbrook

Esus Forestry

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting

Esusforestry.co.uk

Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting,

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 5; Review: Low key and laid back – tutor  is a chainsaw accident investigator!

Alistair Weston

2013

Kent, Edenbridge

John Waller, Underwoodsman

Willow husbandry

Underwoodsman.co.uk

How to propagate and grow willow; selection of dry willow for living structures & basketry

Course length: 1/2 day; No. of students: 4 Review: Good tutor & excellent communicator.

B. Lupton

2013

Lancashire, Leighton Hall Woods

Myerscough College

Chainsaw course

Myerscough.ac.uk

NPTC Unit 30/31 Chainsaw maintenance, safety, safe tree felling, site safety, safe working practice, legal issues, emergency procedures, other tools

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 4; Review: All excellent

M&E Lavender

2011

Lincolnshire

University of Lincoln

CS30/31 Chainsaw

Lincoln.ac.uk/home

How to maintain and use cross-cutting and felling up to 15" snedding and bucking.

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Very Good. Excellent. 1 day in workshop. 4 days on tree site.

Tim McCann

2012

Newcastle upon Tyne

Small Woods Association

Woodland Management followed by coppicing

www.smallwoods.org.uk

 

 

General woodlands management, coppicing, planting, pruning.

Course length: 2 days;

No. of students: 8 then 5;

Review: Very good, well organised, good ratio students to instructors, very knowledgeable, good setting.

Judy Harrison

2013

Norfolk,

Norwich

Easton College

Chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting

www.eastonotley.ac.uk/

 

Learning to maintain chainsaw and crosscutting.

Course length: 2 days;

No. of students: 4;

Review: Very well run, enjoyed it enormously.

Geoff Frost

 

Norfolk,

Norwich

Easton & Otley College

Chainsaw course

www.eastonotley.ac.uk/

NPTC Unit 30 Chainsaw maintenance; cross-cutting.

No. of students: 3; Review: Very good. Best course attended.

David Bannett

2010

Northants, Kettering

Hazel Woodland Products

Hazel wood coppicing

HazelWoodlandProducts

Hazel coppicing skills, charcoal burning

Course length: 3 days; No. of students: 1 Review: First class – learnt a lot

Kevin Cross

2013

Oxford

Oxford University/ Silva Forest Foundation

An extraordinary year for England’s woodlands

http://www.silvafor.org/

http://www.ox.ac.uk/

 

Evolution of English woodland; effects of ash die back.

Course length: 1 day

No. of students: 30-40

Review: Very organised.

Nick Loh

2013

Oxfordshire, Christmas Common

Kennet and Thames Training

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting

Kennetandthames.co.uk

Chainsaw maintenance, care, all safety aspects, cross-cutting, compression, tension, boring etc.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Well run in rustic surroundings, good equipment supplied . Facilities were all complete but in a farm environment.

Bruce Callander

2012

Scotland

Aberdeen

Ringlink Services

Chainsaw course

Ringlinkservices.co.uk

NPTC units CS30/31 Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting; felling.

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Well run. Tutors were very friendly.

Gordon McRuvie

2011

Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Fyvie

Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre

Managing & maintaining amenity farm & estate woodland

www.traditionalskills.com

Brashing & pruning; thinning/felling using hand tools

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 7; Review: Very well run on all aspects. Tutors were very good.

Charlotte Fleming

2013

Scotland, Fife

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

LANTRA Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting & basic felling

elmwood.ac.uk

Basic chainsaw maintenance; practical work in tree-felling .

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: 4; Review: The course was well run with excellent access to information, advice and equipment.

Ian Scott

2012

Scotland,

Fife,

 

Monimail Tower Project

LANTRA: Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and Basic Felling

www.monimail.org

 

Care & maintenance of chainsaws; safety equipment & safe working practices; cross-cutting logs; felling small trees, snedding; understanding of compression and tension forces in trees and branches.

Course length: 4 days;

No. of students: 4;

Review: Very good.

Georgina & David Stutchfield

2014

Scotland, Linlithgow

Scotland’s Rural College:

Oatridge College

Chainsaw maintenance & cross-cutting

Oatridge College

NPTC Unit 30/31 Chainsaw maintenance – chainsaw maintenance and operation, felling and processing small trees. Safety and equipment requirements cutting and pruning techniques.

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 4;

Review: Thoroughly recommended – professional, organised and fun. Good facilities and an appropriate location

MJ & FE Goodison

2013

Scotland, Sutherland, Helmsdale

Helmsdale Wood

NOCN Traditional woodsman coppice & greenwood skills

helmsdalewood.co.uk

OCN level 3

Basics of coppice rotation, layering techniques, charcoal production, green wood skills, all with hand tools. Tree-felling technique with hand tools, safety and risk assessment.

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 2; Review: Extremely enjoyable and well run. Full equipped outdoor workshop. Friendly & welcoming tutor, good knowledge and lots of enthusiasm. Recommended.

Nick and Sue Re

2013

Sheffield,
J.G. Craves Woodland Discovery Centre

Rural Development Initiatives

Forestry and Climate Change

ruraldevelopment.co.uk

Adapting to climate change: New planting and management of existing woodland, plus forestry for climate change.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 10; Review: Well run.

Andrew Hunt

2012

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods, Green Wood Centre

Intro to Small Woodland Management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

 

How to draw up a management plan for small woodland.

Corse length: 2 days;

No. of students: 15;

Review: Very good and professionally run. Sleeping huts at Green Wood Centre, warm, dry, comfortable, lockable, and cheap. Kitchen and showers on site were good and very clean.

Sarah Pearson

2013

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods, Green Wood Centre

ONC Level 3 Intro to Small Woodland Management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

 

Always have management plan with you; once started plan, try to see it through.

Course length: 2 days;

No. of students: 12;

Review: Very well run, can’t fault it.

Paul Magill

2014

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods, Green Wood Centre

Hedge Laying

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

 

How to lay a hazel hedge.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 6;

Review: It was great and I learnt how to use many different tools. How to lay a hedge by using materials from my own wood

Antonia Pettitt

2014

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Introduction to social forestry

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

How to run a social forestry project. Health & safety, greenwood crafts, tools & maintenance, legal obligations, woodland sustainability

Course length: 3 days; No. of students: 9; Review: Well organized, good facilities.

Phillip Brown

2010

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Chainsaw courses for woodland owners

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

How to look after a chainsaw, how to sharpen a chainsaw, how to cut down trees.

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: 8; Review: Very well run.

Graham Moon

2011

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

OCN Intro to small woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Management plan for a woodland and how to consider different options for a woodland.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 8; Review: Well ran.

Graham Moon

2011

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

OCN Intro to small woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Learnt different woodland types and management systems, legislation and woodland grant applications.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 12; Review: Good organisation, friendly place, reasonable facilities, interesting side activities like wood turning.

Simon Salter

2011

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Intro to small woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Writing a woodland management plan.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 20; Review: Well run but would have liked individual exposure to tutor for Q&A sessions.

Clare Abbott

2011

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Sustainable woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Practical management, surveys, woodland crafts, practical furniture making, charcoal production, social forestry.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 5; Review: Materials were quite good, course was quite compact, with all the information needed to manage your woodland.

John Neicho

2011

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Intro to woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Management planning, species id, looked at different forms of management, the Forestry Commission template.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 10; Review: The course was well run and lunch was included.

John Fauner

2012

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Sustainable woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Practical management, surveys, woodland crafts, practical furniture making, charcoal production, social forestry.

Course length: 3 days; No. of students: 8; Review: Excellent value course. Good mix of outdoor and practical work.

Mark Perkins

2012

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Sustainable woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Managing a sustainable woodland

Course length: 3 days; No. of students: 11; Review: Well run.

Maxine Smillie

2011

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

OCN Intro to small woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Learnt different woodland types and management systems, legislation and woodland grant applications.

Course length: 2 days; Review: Good. Tutors were very knowledgeable and made sure that everyone got a one-on-one session.

2009

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

OCN Level 3 - Introduction to woodland management.

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Woodland management plan.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 10; Review: Well organised and structured, a good balance of theory and practical, supported by good indicators for further information .

Graham and Sandra Corner.

2012

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Intro to small woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Walked through woods and looked at different areas of woodland.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 13; Review: The centre is brilliant and handily situated in the woods; the facilities were good.

Jane Bignell

2012

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Intro to small woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

How to complete Forestry Commission documentation, general advice about planning work, tree recognition & management methods.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 6; Review: Tutor had good practical and academic experience – very informative and helpful. Open and informal atmosphere.

Julian Wooster

2013

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

Domestic chainsaw users

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Chainsaw structure, maintenance, safety, basic use and cross-cutting, small tree felling.

Course length: 1 days; No. of students: 6; Review: All run well, facilities very good as it was the forestry unit at an agricultural college ­­– lots of chainsaws, tools, workbenches etc.

M.L. Grant

2012

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

A day in the woods

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

Green crafts, woodland foods, woodland management, intro to coppicing

Course length: 1day; No. of students: 3; Review: Good general course for the family – excellent for novices.

Tim Fenn

2013

Shropshire, Coalbrookdale

Small Woods Green Wood Centre

OCN Intro to small woodland management

greenwoodcentre.org.uk

How to draw up a woodland plan

Course length:2 days; No. of students: 15; Review: Professionally run & very good. I stayed in one of the huts – warm & dry, comfortable & cheap.

Sarah Pearson

2013

Somerset, Bridgwater

Blake Training

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting

www.blaketraining.co.uk

Safety and maintenance of chainsaw.

Course length: 2 days;

No. of students: 4;

Review: Informative and well run. Friendly and informed.

Piers and Debbie Dyer

2014

Somerset, Holnicote Estate

Tree Care Training Services

Lantra – cross cutting and maintenance

01278 733769

Chainsaw safety, basic maintenance, cross cutting.

Course length: 2 days;

No. of students: 4;

Review: Very good.

Robin Harris

2014

Somerset, Wellington

Blackdown & East Devon Woodland Association

Woodland management

woodbiz.co.uk

Management of woodland for conservation, estimating wood volume and value, grants available through FC.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 15; Review: Well run, appropriate curriculum for audience, good hands on experience in woodland.

Dr. S. Holland

2011

Somerset, Wellington

Blackdown & East Devon Woodland Association

Managing woodland for fuel and diversity

woodbiz.co.uk

 

Practical course in woods; coppice rotation; planting for diversity; timber values.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 6;

Review: Highly relevant to small wood owners.

Piers and Debbie Dyer

2014

Staffordshire,

Gnosall

Granville Reeves

Intro to Small Woodland Management

gnosall.info/

Coppicing, tree ID, store wood, use of wood, planting.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 1 to 1

Review: Basic, which is what I wanted. Post-course was excellent.

Liz Wright

2013

Staffordshire Penkridge

British Arboricultural School of Excellence (BASE)

Chainsaw course

baseuk.net

NPTC units CS30/31 Chainsaw use & maintenance; practical financial use of woodland & stepping stone for career.

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 6; Review: Facilities top notch, good sunny workshop, friendly staff and environment, very organised, experienced and knowledgeable.

Andy Copus

2011

Suffolk,

Flatford Mill,

Field Studies Council (FSC)

Trees & woodland in British landscape

field-studies-council.org

Woodland ecology, relationship between trees, soil, woodland & coppicing. Timber & uses.

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: 14; Review: Dr Oliver Rackham was very knowledgeable.

Ian White

2010

Suffolk,

Flatford Mill,

Field Studies Council (FSC)

Trees & woodland in British landscape

field-studies-council.org

Woodland ecology, relationship between trees, soil, woodland & coppicing. Timber & uses.

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 16; Review: Very well run by Oliver Rackham & Gary Battle – both world experts.

P Forster

2013

Suffolk, Halesworth,

Lark Valley Training

Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting.

Larkvalleytraining.co.uk

LANTRA ITA Chainsaw maintenance and use.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 3; Review: Very well run, good facilities, good workshop. Could not have been run better.

Phil Hammond

2012

Suffolk,

Ipswich

Otley College

Chainsaw course

otleycollege.ac.uk/

NPTC Unit 30/31 Chainsaw maintenance; cross-cutting.

Course length:  days; No. of students: 3; Review: Very good. Best course attended.

David Bannett

2010

Suffolk,

Sudbury

Assington Mill Rural Skills and Craft Courses

Coppicing course

assingtonmill.com

Coppicing with bill hooks, coppers and bow saw.

Course length: 1 days; No. of students: 11; Review: Generally well organised, clear plan, a little too much talking.

Hilary King

2011

Surrey,

Dorking

Land Skills Training

Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting & felling

landskillstraining.co.uk

Chainsaw maintenance, health & safety, cross-cutting, felling & stacking, hung-up trees

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Running of course was extremely good, nothing was too much trouble for the tutors. Plenty of hands-on experience .

Tony Upson

2013

Sussex (East),

Scott Fraser Training

Tree work training

scottfrasertraining.co.uk

How to use a chainsaw, how to maintain it and use it safely. Cross cut logs

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 3; Review: Well planned, presented and very informative.

Stephen Cruickshank

2012

Sussex (East),

Shovelstrode Garden Wood

Green woodworking

forestgarden.info

Pole lathing, use of shave horse, made a bow and arrow and rounders bat.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 4; Well set-up & very informative. Also kept 10-year-old daughter interested – very satisfying.

B. Lupton

2012

Sussex (East),

Brighton

Brighton Permaculture Trust

Practical permaculture gardening

Brightonpermaculture

Perennial food crops, pest control without chemicals, rainwater harvesting, maintaining soil fertility.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 12; Review: Good. Well organised.

Wenderlynn Bagnall

2012

Sussex (East),  Etchingham

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Introduction to bushcraft

raymears.com

Bushcraft; making shelters, making a fire/cooking, navigation, tracking.

Course length: 3 days; No. of students: 20; Review: Well organised and set a good relaxed pace. Plenty of activities that were challenging but achievable.

Perminder Pickering

2011

Sussex (East),  Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Introduction to woodland management

Plumpton College

Management plan and survey for protected mammals.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: ??; Review: Course was very well run, took place in a new building. The tutors were very helpful.

2010

Sussex (East),  Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Chainsaw user course

Plumpton College

Chainsaw safety & maintenance, including stripping down  and sharpening. Practical use.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 6; Review: Very well run, took own safety gear, chainsaw provided.

Alan Geraghty

2012

Sussex (East), Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Forestry and woodland management

Plumpton College

Forestry and woodland management, including tree ID, pests & diseases, ecology and woodland ecology

Course length: 2 years; No. of students: 25-28; Review: Excellent course, knowledgeable tutors, good facilities. Plenty of visits to woods.

Claire Tauir

2011

Sussex (East),  Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Intro to woodland management

Plumpton College

Felling, thinning, coppicing, ride clearing.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: ??; Review: Very good facilities and good content of the course. Wide range of aspect of woodland management.

N. Sykes

2011

East Sussex, Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Chainsaw user course

Plumpton College

Chainsaw use, maintenance, cross-cutting technique

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 4;

Well managed. Much emphasis on chainsaw maintenance. More hands-on training in use of chainsaw would be good.

Becky Luton

2012

Sussex (East),  Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Domestic Chainsaw User

Plumpton College

All aspects of maintenance and tips on looking after the chainsaw; dealt with safety aspect thoroughly; AM was in classroom; PM was practical.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 6;

Review: Extremely well run, very good pre-course info. Efficiently organised on the day. Very helpful to be a Saturday course. Very good lunch supplied included in the course cost.

Denis Cremin

2014

Sussex (East),  Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Shingle-making

Plumpton College

Introduction to shingle-making – learnt how to make shingles

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 3; Review: Well run, tools provided if needed. Very hands-on & good guidance

Paul Lentz

2013

Sussex (East), Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Generating income from coppice woodland

Plumpton College

How to maximise the value of coppice woodland.

Course length: 1 day; No. of students: 8; Review: Good coverage of economics of coppice income. Concentrated on chestnut – hazel not covered to same extent. Tutor had good subject knowledge

Paul Lentz

2013

Sussex (East),  Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

Plumpton College

Intro to Chainsaw use/maintenance and cross cutting.

Intro to chainsaw use/ Felling small trees.

Plumpton College

 

All H&S aspects of chainsaw work-clothing / Maintenance-fuelling / Setting saw / sharpening saw / cross cutting / storing chainsaw.

H&S / Protective clothing / Tree ID / Practical tree felling / Cross cutting cordwood. Advice on assessing timber and felling license, dealing with disease.

Course length: 2 days

No. of students: 6 on chainsaw maintenance, 5 on felling small trees.

Review: Excellent courses, good presentation. Very well run. Each subject covered in detail with emphasis on safety and correct usage of chainsaw at all times. Chainsaws supplied but you could bring your own.

Timothy White

2013

Sussex (East),

Hartfield

Frontier Bushcraft Ltd

Frontier Bushcraft Course

frontierbushcraft.com

 

Not being afraid of being out in unknown territory without much equipment. Focused on the essential points of bushcraft and survival.

Course length: 6 days;

No. of students: 10;

Review: Good facilities, but basic in view of it being a bushcraft course. Camped on site. Learnt many aspects of creating shelter, cooking, fire lighting, navigation, making cordage, finding and purifying water, skinning rabbit, filleting fish, environment aspects, conservation, leaving no trace of habitation etc. Use of basic tools and care of it.

Henrietta Martin

2014

Sussex (West),

Keepers Woodland Ltd

Coppicing Course

woodlandskills.com

 

Many aspects of coppicing; safe working practice; green woodwork; tool sharpening and maintenance; understanding the forest canopy; product storage.

Course length: 1 day;

No. of students: 6;

Review:  Very well organised course, made very welcome, safety demo on tools etc, course tutor clearly interested, seemed to ‘live and breathe woodlands.’

Annette Isserlis

2013

Sussex (West), Arundel

GM Arb Training

Chainsaw Maintenance and Small Tree Felling

www.gmarbtrees.co.uk

 

Chainsaw maintenance and usage and types of cutting and gained experience in felling small trees safely. Also did a bit of wood carving and made a small stool. Doing all this in his own wood meant that David also got some useful advice on dealing with Faith Wood trees.

Course length: 2 days;

No. of students: 1;

Review: Very good – One to one training – comprehensive – well structured.

David Windell

2014

Sussex (West), Lodsworth,

Ben Law

Roundwood timber framing

ben-law.co.uk

Intensive hands-on timber-framing

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: ?; Review: Excellent course run by Ben Law

Stephen Boyce

2010

Sussex (West), Midhurst

Woodcraft School

Chainsaw,

Woodcraftschool.co.uk

NPTC Unit 30 & 31 Chainsaw maintenance; cross-cutting;  fell small trees; hung-up trees; process trees.

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 2; Review: Very detailed, good facilities.

Jason Witts

2010

Sussex (West), Midhurst

Woodcraft School

Chainsaw maintenance and operation

Woodcraftschool.co.uk

NPTC Unit 30 & 31. Chainsaw maintenance; cross-cutting; felling small trees; process trees.

Course length: 6 days; No. of students: 2; Review: Very detailed, good facilities.

Jason Witts

2010

Wales, Denbighshire, Mold

Woodland Skills Centre

Managing small woodland / practical woodland skills.

Woodlandskillscentre

Day of theory work in the classroom talking about small woodland management, followed by a day using hand tools to cut and process timber.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 6; Review: Really liked the woodland skills centre, good facilities, tools are provided, camping is free if you are on a course.

Adrian Crawford

2012

Wales, Denbighshire, Mold

Woodland Skills Centre

Home chainsaw course

Woodlandskillscentre

Chainsaw maintenance; how to cut a tree with precision; cross-cutting; snedding.

Course length: 2 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Well ran, good facilities, overall good value.

Jonathan Pye

2011

Wales, Denbighshire, Mold

Woodand Skills Centre

Home chainsaw course

Woodlandskillscentre

Basic chainsaw use for the casual user

Course length: 2days; No. of students: 2; Review: Very good two days, tutor an ex-head forester, recommended.

John Jackson

2013

Wales, Denbighshire, Mold

Woodland Skill Centre, North Wales

Home  chainsaw course

Woodlandskillscentre

 

Chainsaw maintenance, fell trees in the right direction.

Course length: 2 days;

No. of students: Not listed;

Review: Excellent course; clear, friendly reassuring tuition. Good centre.

Ashley Elliott

2013

Wales, Denbighshire, Ruthin

Chainsaw training with Phil Dunford

Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, and felling small trees

Chainsawtraining.com

How to maintain a chainsaw. Safe felling small and medium trees. Different cuts; principles of cross-cutting.

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Was very impressed by the instructor's experience and ability to communicate. Always had something positive to say. Manuals were really helpful and will be useful for reference.

Andrew & Heather Bettany

2012

Wales, Denbighshire, Ruthin

Chainsaw training with Phil Dunford

Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, and felling small trees

Chainsawtraining.com

How to maintain a chainsaw. Safe felling small and medium trees. Different cuts; principles of cross-cutting.

Course length: 5 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Excellent course – cannot fault anything. Phil Dunford is fantastic!

Marc Griffiths

2013

Wales, Denbighshire, Ruthin

Chainsaw training with Phil Dunford

Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, and felling small trees (up to 8”)

Chainsawtraining.com

Safe operation & maintenance of a chainsaw. Cross-cutting pre-felled timber. Felling small trees in the woods.

Course length: 4 days; No. of students: 4; Review: Very good, plenty of opportunity to practise techniques. Phil Dunford is very experienced and gives clear instructions.

Tim Baker

2013

Wales, Machynlleth

Centre for Alternative Technology

Practical woodland management: coppicing a