Course: Social Forestry OCN

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
31st March - 3rd April 2020 01654 704966

Cost: £650

Sectors: sustainability, conservation & wildlife

Woodlands for wellbeing.

Learn the theory and practice of social forestry, looking at how sustainable woodland management and crafts can help promote human wellbeing. This Social Forestry OCN Level 3 course was designed by Small Woods and accredited by the Open College Network (OCN). This course is suitable for practitioners wishing to run social forestry activities at a professional level.

Key Information

  • Duration: four days
  • Dates: Tues 31st March - Fri 3rd April 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 9.30am and ends at 5pm on the last day
  • Includes: tuition, OCN Level 3 course fee, all materials, full board shared accommodation. Single accommodation is available for an additional fee of £60

Course content

The course will give you an understanding of the theories and evidence underlying social forestry whilst gaining practical hands-on experience suitable for use with different client groups.

It will be delivered within a woodland setting, using a range of learning methods and will cover topics including:

  • How woodlands promote human wellbeing
  • Managing group activities and individual needs
  • Methods for observing changes in human wellbeing
  • Mindfulness in a woodland setting
  • Identifying and working in different woodland types
  • Practical woodland management
  • Setting up a woodland camp
  • Woodland crafts and activities

Tutor Profile

Your tutors for this course are Rob Goodsell and Julia Walling.

Rob has been working for Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) for eleven years. He is currently involved in managing four woodlands of differing natures using sustainable management principles, focusing on the relationship between conservation, resilience, human interaction and economic realities.

Julia is the creator of Woods for Wellbeing, a social enterprise that connects people with woods.

She designs and runs a wide variety of social forestry projects for partners such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Butterfly Conservation and the Forestry Commission.

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