Creating Foresters

How do you end up a forester?

To quote David Attenborough “no one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”

So to play our part in this we work with local schools to give them an opportunity to explore some of the woods we look after. We maintain forest school sites near the towns of Brecon and Abergavenny. Forest schools are areas we have created that school groups can come to, to explore their natural surroundings, get muddy, build dens and cook on fires. More than just an extended play time, these sessions get children up close to nature and encourage them to create their own adventure, to assess their own risks and test their own physical abilities.

One of our forest school sites.

One of our forest school sites.

Not everyone can make it out to our sites regularly, or at all, with pressures on schools to meet budgets and teaching targets. Here we try to help schools bring the outdoors to them. We help supply materials for schools to build their own outdoor learning areas in their grounds. Logs for teaching circles, branches for den building and material for projects.

Delivering materials for a log circle to one of our local schools.

Delivering materials for a log circle to one of our local schools.

We also work with our local Outdoor Learning Wales (OLW) Networks and have recently helped support teacher training in South Powys and the creation of a literacy training pack.

Teaching the teachers.

Teaching the teachers.

For those that have developed an interest in woodlands and decided they want to make a career out of it, we can help them take their first steps into the industry. Each year we take on a full time volunteer. In return for their time we offer them a chance to learn and practice the skills we use in our woodland management, from planting trees, right the way through to milling and making timber products.

One of our volunteers progressing on to felling bigger trees.

One of our volunteers progressing on to felling bigger trees.

If you are a teacher and interested in how your school could get involved, you can contact me through our social media, or find me at the Outdoor Learning Wales (OLW) Network meetings for South Powys or the Monmouthshire meetings in the north of the county.

Tim
Woodland Ranger

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Time for a new woodland volunteer

A new year and time for a new woods volunteer.  Not just because we like new things, but because our previous volunteer, Peter, has moved on to paid work after gaining experience with us.

Woods volunteer -this could be you.

Woods volunteer -this could be you.

Advert is reproduced below, deadline is Monday 11th February, 9AM.

A chance to join our woodland team covering Mid & SE Wales. We are based just outside Brecon and are very hands on. We are looking for an individual with a chainsaw ticket. In return we offer accommodation and hope to help you develop your felling, forestry and countryside skills.
We ask that you can commit to a minimum of 6 months for 3-4 days a week.

This role will involve supporting the Woodland Wardens to carry out all aspects of woodland and tree management, including felling, thinning, extraction and milling of timber; maintaining woodland rides; fencing (new/repairs/maintenance); survey (dangerous trees/veteran trees); planting and tree care.
You can see some of our work on this blog

Mid & SE Wales has a diverse range of properties with woodland amounting to 400 ha’s in total. Woods and trees are found on virtually all sites including farms, parkland, mountain edge and by rivers. All sites require regular tree care maintenance and on a number of properties there are ongoing woodland management projects. The Woodlands are managed for landscape, conservation (biodiversity) and access, whilst looking to make a commercial return to sustain our work.

Essential:
Chainsaw Use (NPTC CS30, CS31 essential) (Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Felling of Small Trees)
A keen interest in woodland or Forestry Management or Forestry Education

General:
Fit and Healthy
Full UK Driving License
General experience or training in other countryside or estate skills for example:
• Tractor driving, ATV driving, Brush-cutting and strimming
• Fencing, Dry stone walling
A general interest and understanding of countryside & forestry issues.

For more information and an application pack, contact our Assistant woodland warden Tim Bennett by e-mail: tim.bennett@nationaltrust.org.uk.
Alternatively, leave a message with the office on 01874 625515 and we shall get back to you.