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Sustainable Woodland Management OCN L3

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: 21 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022

: The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR


A course designed for new or aspiring woodland owners and managers who want to manage their woodlands to balance environmental, economic and social benefits. Two days of classroom sessions and woodland visits are followed by a practical skills and woodland products day.

Course content includes:

  • Principles of woodland sustainability and woodland resilience
  • Different UK woodland types/categories
  • The physical structure of woodlands
  • Legal obligations of managing woodland (and some sources for grants)
  • Impacts of UK woodland pests and diseases
  • Developing clear objectives for woodland management
  • Methods of woodland management and the main silvicultural systems
  • Methods for the selection, harvesting and extraction of timber (via practical teaching/assessment)
  • Timber conversion and potential products that can come from sustainably managed woodlands (via practical teaching/assessment

This course will lead to accreditation at Level 3 with the Open College Network, subject to submission of a completed course workbook for marking and assessment and field assessment of the skills and products elements.

Covid-19 and Courses


The Green Wood Centre has worked tirelessly to ensure that staff & visitors are entering a COVID safe environment. SWA have a duty of care to participants, staff, trainees, volunteers, etc. We ask that all tutors and participants respect the measures stated regardless of their personal views, there will be an induction by your course tutor on arrival.

In the event that a course has to be cancelled due to Covid-19, a full refund will be provided and we will suggest keeping an eye on the website and re-booking once the course has become available again.

Our experience:


Small Woods use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors. We have more than 20 years’ experience of delivering courses and training and a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism.

Small Woods courses are suitable for all levels of experience and ability and we keep course numbers low. The physical nature and/or woodland location of some courses may make them difficult for people with mobility problems. We do, however, have many years’ experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.