Social Forestry OCN Course
The Social Forestry OCN course is accredited learning which earns OCN credits at level 3 if the coursework is completed. It’s an introductory course, so it doesn’t cover everything about everything to do with Social Forestry, but should leave learners with a clear idea of the scope of this field of work, where they want to take it, and what that might involve (including further learning). As well as first-hand experience of doing a range of related activities and practical assignments which supplement the classroom elements (and some classroom stuff is actually done out in the woods).
“A really good mixture of theory, practical and discussion led workshops”.
“Learnt a huge amount about the wide variety of activities that can be done”
“Inspired” “Course was well paced and enjoyable throughout”
“Fantastic, relaxed, informal, social setting. Was made very at ease learning with the others on the course”.
There is also a facebook page dedicated to information about and from the Social Forestry courses:
September 9th-10th AND 23rd-24th at the Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire
The cost at the WSC 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
- March 20th to 23rd: Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys
- June 5th to 8th: Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire
- September 8-9th and 22-23rd 2018 (Two weekends) Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire
- October 23rd to 26th 2018: Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys:
- March 21st – 24th 2017 at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys. More information
- October 4th – 7th 2016 at the Greenwood Centre, near Telford, England.
- May 24th -27th 2016 at the Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire.
- 5th – 6th and 19th-20th September 2015 at the Woodland Skills Centre, Denbighshire
- 30th September – 3rd October 2014 at the Centre for Alternative Technology
There has been numerous positive feedback from previous participants on this course; ‘I have had a brilliant time. I feel I have much more direction as to where I would like to be. It’s been extremely affirmative to meet people with the same vision. For the first time ever I have actually understood what was going on in a classroom and been excited to contribute.’
“Excellent. Very clear connections between info given and relevant assessment criteria. Feel very well prepared to write up the coursework”.
“Highlights for me were mindfulness, woodland work (management and crafts), understanding what social forestry is and spending time with great people”.
“I loved being out in the woods”
“I developed the confidence that I could go away and lead”
“It was very helpful meeting and hearing from a range of perspectives – from woodland owners, practitioners…”
“The mindfulness was a real highlight for me”
“It was great to spend time with like minded people”
“It’s been a great week, thank you!”
“The group discussions were great”
“Deepened my learning about wellbeing and social forestry”
“Woodland activities very practical and learnt some new skills and activity ideas to use with groups.”
“Great networking opportunities”
“A good, informal training style which enabled me to feel more confident about what I already know”.
“I really enjoyed doing forestry crafts, besom making and bench building”
The course costs vary a little depending on the provider, but the all inclusive cost is £600, to include meals and hostel style or camping accommodation.
Subsidies may be available for some people – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this.
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