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Timber Measuring

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: 01 Apr 2022 - 01 Apr 2022

: Cashel Forest Trust, Rowardennan, Glasgow, G63 0AW


This course will equip you with the basic knowledge required to sample woodlands, select trees for felling and understand how to measure single trees or stands of trees with the purpose of estimating volume.

You will learn:

- How to use basic mensuration equipment 
- How to use the necessary references or formulae to work out volumes from measurements taken. 

Reference will be made to measuring timber through weight and to common problems of timber quality.

The expected learning outcomes -  by the end of the course you can;

- Explain why trees are measured
- Explain mensuration conventions
- Visit an appropriate uniform stand to measure trees as an exercise
- Measure individual tree parameters
- Measure stand parameters
- Understand the selection of appropriate methods of determining volume of individual trees and forest stands
- Establish the volume of an individual tree
- Establish the volume of a stand of trees 
- Be informed as to measuring timber by weight

 Your tutor will be Will Richardson BSc (hons) MSc MICFor

 Will is a Chartered Forester and Masters degree Forest Management graduate from the University of Aberdeen, He has worked in the forest industry for over 26 years with an emphasis in forest management, training and consultancy. He has a strong practical background in forestry and has held a variety of operational posts since 1990; forest nursery, private estate forester, forestry contractor, Local Authority Woodland Officer and private agent. He has extensive knowledge of forest management systems and functions including timber and non-timber forest product marketing and woodfuel production, supply and use. He is a qualified instructor with Lantra Awards with approved instructor status for the delivery of a suite of further education forestry management and woodfuel production related training courses.

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.

What's included?


Tools, equipment and refreshments are provided. Free parking. Courses start promptly at 9.30 (feel free to arrive from 9 for refreshments).

Rustic huts on site, camping / campervan area with stocked kitchen and wash facilities and fire pit. Café on site too! Please ask us for advice on local B&Bs and hotels.

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.