A partnership between Capel Manor College in Middlesex and the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has been rolled out to help train the next generation of arborists and foresters.
Throughout 2015, students from the college will be gaining hands-on supervised work experience within the RFS’s Hockeridge and Pancake Woods on the edge of the Chilterns.
Working with Honorary Warden Jonathan Saggerson and the RFS’s Andrew Woods, they are working to a woodland management plan which includes tree surveys, inspections and felling programs, in line with the RFS’s commitment to promote education and good practice.
Capel Manor is a leading college for apprenticeship and professional short course programs which promote public understanding and awareness of actively managing trees and woodlands.
RFS Education Manager Phil Tanner says: “Hockeridge and Pancake Wood is well used by walkers and others locally. By working with Capel Manor we can manage them to the highest standards using the latest industry equipment and techniques, and provide valuable experience for foresters of the future.”
Deputy Head of Arboriculture at Capel Manor, Derek McFarland, said: “Our aim is to be recognised and respected for the excellence of our training and educational work and to promote the RFS as the organisation of choice for all those with an active interest in the responsible management of trees and woodlands.
“This is achieved by working together in some of the most notable and beautiful woodlands in Britain.”
For more on Hockeridge and Pancake Wood and how it is managed go to www.rfs.org.uk/about/our-woods/