Elan Valley's 12 week training course completes

Written by Tir Coed / Thursday 17 May 2018

At the beginning of February, 11 intrepid participants began a 12 week sustainable woodland management training course in the beautiful Elan Valley which is made possible through the Elan Links project.

During the 12 weeks they have endured strong winds, heavy rain, freezing temperatures and buckets of snow but got stuck in with determination and smiles on their faces.

Incredibly the team have surveyed a wood, formulated a management plan and implemented it. They have cleared a large area of dense natural regeneration to create a more open woodland environment for some of our rarest birds, plants and lichens. They also found time build steps and a beautiful bespoke board walk in the woods made entirely out of wood from the Elan estate.

8 of the initial 11 completed the course and all 8 achieved 2 credits at Level 1 Agored Cymru accreditation. Many of the participants will be going on to our Progression Course in ecology in the middle of May.

From the course I got new friends, skills, knowledge, confidence and increased self-esteem.

I would like to delve further down the woodland route as I have really enjoyed this.

The atmosphere was relaxed and the days were busy