This course will enable the trainees to tend their woodlands to a high standard so that the trees will grow to maximum value whether that be for timber, biodiversity or any combination of objectives.
By the end of the course, trainees will be able to review the range of operations which keep woodland healthy and undertake a number of operations such as weeding, pruning and thinning.
The morning theory session will take place in the TCV training centre at Mortonhall. The practical will take place in nearby Burdiehouse Woods, participants will need to use their own vehicles to get to the woods or we can arrange to car share.
Experience Level - No experience required.
Instructor’s Details – Donald McPhillimy - I started my forestry career building log cabins on the west coast of Argyll and have since then worked for a forestry estate, New Zealand Forest Service, Scottish Woodlands, New Caledonian Woodlands and mainly for myself. I like all kinds of forests & woods even Sitka spruce plantations. I especially like pruning, coppicing, making campfires and cooking sausages.
What to bring with you – Warm outdoor clothing and good boots. A small notebook. Working gloves.
Location – TCV Scotland Office, The Granary, Mortonhall, 44 Mortonhall Gate, Edinburgh, EH16 6TJ
Catering – Please bring a packed lunch