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Social Forestry OCN Course

2020 Course Dates:

Social Forestry OCN Level 3 – Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire

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 accredited by OCNWM and is one of the leading training programmes specialising on the benefits of woodlands to promote human wellbeing.

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 experienced Social Forestry practitioners.

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 Susan Collini who runs Social Forestry, Mindfulness and Forest School sessions.

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

Course Participant Feedback:

“Deepened my learning about wellbeing and social forestry”

“A really good mixture of theory, practical and discussion led workshops”.

“Fantastic, relaxed, informal, social setting. Was made very at ease learning with the others on the course”.

“Highlights for me were mindfulness, woodland work (management and crafts), understanding what social forestry is and spending time with great people”.

“It was very helpful meeting and hearing from a range of perspectives – from woodland owners, practitioners…”

“A good, informal training style which enabled me to feel more confident about what I already know”.

“Excellent. Very clear connections between info given and relevant assessment criteria. I feel very well prepared to write up the coursework”.



The course costs vary depending on the provider:

Subsidies may be available – contact amieandrews@smallwoods.org.uk to discuss eligibility.


Contact the Woodland Skills Centre to book.

01745 710 626; enquiries@woodlandskillcentre.co.uk



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