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    RFS launch 1-day woodland training courses

    The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is launching a new series of one-day training courses to support new and novice woodland owners and other enthusiasts who are looking to get to grips with the fundamentals of woodland management and conservation.

    The courses are led by well-known experts in forestry practice and training and will be held at several locations around the country in September and October 2016. They focus on woodland management, timber grading and measurement and on conifer identification. Two courses will take place at the RFS’s Hockeridge Wood near Berkhamsted, and the others will take place at Lynford Arboretum, Thetford Forest, Norfolk and Lowther Estate, Cumbria.

    RFS Education Manager Ted Wilson says:”The topics we are presenting in this first series are based on feedback from research we have completed in consultation with new woodland owners. We are delighted to work with esteemed and highly experienced forestry professionals who will lead each course. Our small group format will enable learning to be informal and personal, and highly rewarding. Our courses will inspire and inform, but also are an opportunity to share knowledge and enhance enjoyment from looking after trees and woods.”

    Course 1:  Essential guide to caring for your wood
    Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2016
    Instructor: Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor
    Location: Ashley Green and RFS Hockeridge Wood, near Berkhamsted, Bucks

    Course 2: Getting to grips with conifer identification
    Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
    Instructor: Matt Parratt
    Location: Lynford Arboretum, Thetford Forest, Norfolk

    Course 3: Essentials for measuring your trees and woods
    Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016
    Instructor: Mike Jones MICFor
    Location:  Ashley Green and RFS Hockeridge Wood, near Berkhamsted, Bucks

    Course 4: Grading and measuring your timber
    Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2016
    Instructor: Gavin Munro
    Location: Lowther Castle and Estate, near Penrith, Cumbria.


    The courses are open to members and non members, and will be a great starting point for anyone who wishes to learn more about caring for trees and woods. For information go to www.rfs.org.uk.

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