I recently attended a course at the WSC, and would like to write a few words about it:

I originally applied for the Practical Woodland Tasks course, but not enough signed up for it; however, the WSC suggested I attend the Managing a Small Woodland, and they would adapt part of this for me, to include some of the Practical Tasks course;  so I experienced part of each course, the best of both worlds!  I commend the WSC for their adaptability.

Managing a Small Woodland is aimed at those thinking of buying, or who have recently bought, a small woodland.  Part of the day is spent looking at different compartments of the woodland owned by the WSC and how each is managed, with successes and failures.  The day also covers the woodland owner and the law.

I spent the afternoon having a one-to-one session covering some aspects of Practical Woodland Tasks – tree planting and aftercare; and looking at recent plantings to consider which trees should be selected as potential standards and how they could be improved by formative pruning.

Both parts of the day were very helpful to me as a new woodland owner, and I would recommend both courses to potential or new owners.  The Centre offers courses for small numbers and the tutors are very relaxed and helpful.  Fabulous setting on the edge of the Clwydian Hills too!

S. Liptrot