HALFWAY UPDATE - Powys, Woodland Conservation and Countryside Skills Course.
Written by Tir Coed / Friday 01 March 2019
Time flies when you’re having fun and that certainly is the case with the Tir Coed Woodland Conservation and Countryside Skills Course, I can’t believe we’ve hit the halfway mark already. The course so far has had about every type of weather from snow to blazing sunshine and regardless what they’ve faced, our 11 committed trainees have been busy working around the estate.
Over the 6 weeks they have undertaken: Thinning of trees, selective felling, brush clearing, cleared approx. 100m of path way, created access to historical buildings, built a seating area and erected 100m of fencing by hand!
They have learnt how to identify native and non-native trees, a range of tree care techniques, the correct and safe use of a number of hand tools, a range of fencing methods, types of rights of way (and signage of them) around the estate.
It’s not been all work, with course tutor Phil taking the trainees on a tour of the wider Elan Estate, learning the history of the area and exploring the insides of one of the historic dams. Firm friendships have been forged and fun has been had by all. Here’s to the next 6 weeks and all that we can achieve in this time.