St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

16 Feb

Introduction to Woodland Management Workshop

Sat 16 Feb 2019 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)

 UPDATE: online bookings are now closed but if you’d like to attend this (or a future) course, please email and he will be in touch about availability

Want to learn how to manage small woodlands for wildlife? On this one day course Jonathan Dent, our Nature Reserve 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 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 simple lunch. Booking essential via the form below or on 01904 411821.

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Bookings are closed for this event.