The National Forest was humming with discussions about woodland management and forest education at the latest myForest for Education training workshop.
The workshop was held at Martinshaw Wood near Leicester, owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. Twelve Forest School Leaders, trainers and those interested in forest education and community-managed woodlands attended the half-day training event. Nottingham and Leicester Forest Education Network, the National Forest and the Sylva Foundation worked in partnership to:
- introduce participants to basic principles of woodland management;
- survey an area of woodland with the aim of creating a woodland management plan using myForest for Education;
- provide opportunities for networking, sharing information and contacts to other forestry organisations.
Chris Williams, Woodland Trust Manager, led a walk through the woods to explain the management of this planted ancient woodland site. Simon Greenhouse, National Forest, showed the group newly-planted areas adjacent to Martinshaw wood and explained how local communities, schools and sponsors are involved in the woodland creation and management. The site visit ended at Groby Community College in an area of woodland well-used for education activities. Jen Hurst, Sylva Foundation Education Manager, showed the group how to map and survey the site including an assessment of ecological impacts on the woodland. Back in the workshop room the results of the survey were transferred to Sylva’s free online system myForest for Education to create management plans.
One workshop participant said:
“it’s so valuable meeting other Forest School Leaders, woodland owners and organisations who manage woodland sites for education”.
Another — a newly-trained Forest School Leader — implored:
“I just want more of this kind of training!”.
With generous support from the Patsy Wood Trust until 2018, myForest for Education training workshops will continue to be provided free to any groups, networks or conferences.
Please contact Jen Hurst for further information about the workshops: firstname.lastname@example.org
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