Social Forestry OCN Level 3 Accredited (September 2018)


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Four Day Course – Cost £550/ £600 Deposit £300

Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th September & Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd September 2018

Social Forestry is now widely accepted by Health Care professionals as a valuable way to deal with many social issues and physical and mental health problems.

Do you want to find out more and gain an accreditation that will prepare you to be involved in this rapidly expanding field?

The level 3 OCN in Social Forestry is the only nationally recognized accreditation and is only offered in a few Centres.

The Woodland Skills Centre has been involved since the start and we believe that we offer an outstanding course :

  • Led by tutors who have unrivalled experience in delivering the course and who are themselves Social Forestry practitioners.
  • Set in the heart of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-east Wales.
  • Delivered at the Woodland Skills Centre in their award-winning eco buildings set in the 50 acres of the Warren Woods – first place and gold medal winner for Community Woodlands – Royal Forestry Society in 2015 and Royal Welsh Agricultural Society in 2016.
  • The Woodland Skills Centre has an extensive on-site Social Forestry programme with up to 10 groups a week and their experience and expertise is shared on the course.
  • Practical woodland management and craft sessions led by tutors from the Woodland Skills Centre who are all qualified Social Forestry practitioners.
  • The cost is £550 for the course with a mid-day meal each day or £600 including camping pitch, all meals and use of the Centre in the evenings – fully equipped kitchen, w.c., shower, heated meeting room.


The course explores the use of woodlands to promote social and human well-being, and equips you with the tools to apply Social Forestry ideas in practice. Suitable for social foresters, woodland owners/managers and health, well-being and social care professionals.

You will understand the theories and evidence underlying Social Forestry whilst gaining practical hands-on experience suitable for use with different client groups. The course is delivered within a woodland setting, using a range of learning methods to build on your existing skills and develop new ones. Your tutors are Rod Waterfield, manager of the WSC and Julia Walling of Woods for Well-being.

It includes:

  • How woodlands promote human well being
  • Managing group activities and individual’s needs
  • Legal obligations and duty of care with client groups
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Identifying and working in different woodland types
  • Practical woodland management
  • woodland crafts and activities

Weekend 1 – 8th & 9th September 2018

Weekend 2 – 22nd & 23rd September 2018


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