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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”
“Course was well paced and enjoyable throughout”
“Fantastic, relaxed, informal, social setting. Was made very at ease learning with the others on the course”.

The learning outcomes can be downloaded here: Social Forestry L3 CV3

There is also a facebook page dedicated to information about and from the Social Forestry courses:

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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.

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.
Subsidies may be available for some people – contact amieandrews@smallwoods.org.uk to discuss this.


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