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Managing Woods for Woodfuel course

posted on November 6, 2016
Ignite training programme

Ignite training programme

We are pleased to announce an Ignite training course to be held at the Sylva Wood Centre on 7th December: Managing woods for woodfuel.

Ignite Managing Woods for Woodfuel focuses on planting, managing and harvesting woodlands for use as woodfuel.  What timber is suited to what type of woodfuel (logs or chips), assessing woodlands, measuring timber, harvesting, extraction, conversion and the economic modelling of timber harvesting and woodfuel conversion are covered in this one day course.  A Lantra Awards certificate of attendance is issued on completion of the course.

The course date and venue is:

  • Wednesday 7th December
  • Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham, Oxford, OX14 4QT

Courses cost £180.00 (including VAT) per person and include Lantra Awards certification fees, handbooks and catering on the day.  A 10% discount is offered to members of Woodsure, the Wood Heat Association and the Confor Woodfuel Suppliers Group.  Please contact the office for more details.

Ignite is an innovative training programme of practical seminars and interactive workshops with a focus on woodfuel. Ignite is designed for those wanting to know more about woodfuel and to equip new and existing woodfuel businesses with the skills and knowledge required to meet the increasing demand for high quality products from this growing alternative market. Compliance with the sustainability requirements for fuel supplied to systems receiving RHI payments are a key feature of all our Ignite courses.


To book, please contact Erica Spencer at RDI Associates by:

Full course details are available on the RDI website: http://www.ruraldevelopment.org.uk/events/categories/training-course/

Some comments received from attendees on previous courses:

“Very good course, great food/facilities and very good presenter.”

“Many thanks for a really useful excellent course yesterday which I much enjoyed … it really was a good presentation and I certainly learnt a great deal.”

“Very good course well recommended to others in woodfuel / woodland management.”

“Very good interaction between candidates.”



  1. Re Ignite Managing Woods for Woodfuel course.. Dates seem muddled.
    Second line in purple box says 7 Nov – should that read 7 Dec. as it says further down the page ?
    Yet when you click on the link, the events list that opens says this course is on the 8th Dec!!! All a bit confusing.
    I would happily mention this event in RFS e-news but pls clarify which date is the correct one.

    Comment by John Jackson — November 10, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

  2. Thanks John

    The date below the title is when the blog was published which just happens to be exactly one month before the date of the course – you are not the only one to find this confusing. I can confirm that the course is on 7th December and a mention in RFS enews would be great.

    Comment by Paul Orsi — November 11, 2016 @ 7:50 am

  3. I have a woodland not far from you, OX10, I’ll be more than happy to offer a site to people who want to help manage it, especially people on the course, feel free to contact me, Carol

    Comment by Carol — November 11, 2016 @ 11:18 am

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