Here are some of the courses and projects we are running in 2018:

Training In 2018, Woods for Wellbeing, in partnership with The Small Woods Association/Coel Lleol, the Woodland Skills Centre and The Centre for Alternative Technology, will be delivering OCN Level 3 Social Forestry and Mindfulness in Woodland Settings

For details, please see below and contact us

Mindfulness in Woodland Settings OCN Level 3 training course
26 - 28 June 2018 at the Woodland Skills Centre:

The course will enable participants to run Mindfulness activities in Woodland Settings with individuals and a wide variety of user groups.  Tutors are Julia Walling, counsellor, woodland project manager and teacher of meditation and mindfulness and Gareth Fysh Foskett, former forest monk and meditator in woodlands. If you are interested in booking and would like to know more, contact me directly and I can answer any questions and send you more detailed information. If you want to find out more about the Woodland Skills Centre, see below and go to:  If you would like to book a place on the course you can either go straight to: or contact me and I can send you the student information pack.

Outline of the Course Timetable:
Day 1    A General Introductory Day
Day 2    The Theory and Practice of Mindfulness
Day 3    Mindful Practice for the Wellbeing of Woods and People
Day 4    Mindful Leadership, Legal Responsibilities and Duties of Care

Payment and Funding
The cost of the course is £600 inclusive of all food, camping accommodation, tuition and Open College Network marking, moderation and assessment. You may pay me or WSC directly with a deposit of £120 until 1st of May, and the full amount thereafter. If you are paying for yourself, in special circumstances I may be able to arrange staged payments to spread the cost.

Social Forestry OCN Level 3 training courses

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. 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.

The level 3 OCN in Social Forestry is the only nationally recognized qualification and is only offered in a few Centres.

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 Julia Walling of Woods for Well-being.  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

March 23 - 26 at The Centre for Alternative Technology:

September 8/9 and 22/23 at the Woodland Skills Centre

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 qualified Social Forestry practitioners.
  • The cost 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.

Wood White Heritage Project at wigmore rolls, croft castle and Haugh Wood, herefordshire

West Midlands Butterfly Conservation has secured further funding for a local heritage project, following on from the Mortimer Forest Heritage Project which we ran in 2013-14.  There will be training available for participants in butterfly surveying and in woodland ecology, with walks and talks at Wigmore Rolls, Croft Wood and Haugh Wood. We are now inviting you to participate, so please click here if you would like to take part


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