St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

18 Jan

Introduction to Woodland Management Workshop

Sat 18 Jan 2020 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Hedgelaying at St Nicks Open Day (photo by Lewis Outing)

Want to learn how to manage small woodlands or wooded gardens for wildlife? On this one day course Jonathan Dent, St Nicks Natural Habitats Manager, will give you an introduction to both the practical skills and theory required. In the morning you will spend some time exploring the 24 acres of St Nicks Local Nature Reserve and its connecting habitats to discuss woodland management theory and see examples of it in practice. Management techniques include coppicing, scrub management, building dead hedges and habitat piles, hedgelaying, improving woodland understory and ground flora, and monitoring woodland wildlife.

After lunch (please bring your own pack up) by the Environment Centre fire we will head back out to have a go at some of the techniques. Using both traditional and more modern tools, we will work to improve an area of St Nicks woodland. By the end of the day you will have a good idea of what’s involved in managing woodlands and which techniques you might like to develop further.

Who is the workshop suitable for?

The course is suitable for people who have recently bought or are managing a small woodland, those who work or volunteer for conservation groups or just want to improve parts of their garden for wildlife. The day will involve walking on a range of footpaths and also on uneven ground in the woodland. Some of the management techniques we will practice in the afternoon will require a basic level of fitness. Outdoor clothing and sturdy boots are essential.

Entry: £65/ £50 concessions, includes drinks and biscuits. Booking is essential either via Eventbrite – please note a part of the Eventbrite booking fee is included; this can be avoided by booking in person at the Environment Centre or posting a cheque to us – please call 01904 411821 for details.

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