Woodlands.co.uk has always been keen to encourage training for new owners of woodlands. For those who have never owned woodland before, some good training can help them get to grips with their purchase more quickly, and for those who are old hands, it can broaden interest and enjoyment. We have regular blogs with a selection of courses on woodland management and other related subjects to encourage you, but now we have introduced a scheme to “put our money where our mouth is” and pay owners to go on courses.
From June 2009 anyone buying a woodland from us will be entitled to a payment of up to £300 towards the cost of a woodland management course. This will be available for any course which relates in some way to managing or enjoying a woodland. Buyers can choose their own course – which could, for example, be on butterfly identification, chainsaw training or coppice management. For most one-day courses this will pay the full cost and for longer courses we hope that it will cover a large part of the cost.
We hope owners who go on these training courses will help each other by commenting on how useful the course was and whether they would recommend it to others.
You can see some courses that are available this summer at http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/conservation/woodland-courses-2009-pt-2/ or you might like to suggest a course you feel would be most useful to new woodland owners.
nb. Update : a list of training / course providers can be found here :-