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Ceredigion Sustainable Woodland Management Course - Halfway update!

Tir Coed | March 11, 2019

What a team! Some fantastic work has been carried out at Coed Tyllwyd in Llanfarian by trainees who are around halfway through a 12-week Sustainable Woodland Management course in Ceredigion.  The group have been focusing on clearing extraction routes, halo thinning trees and creating habitat piles with brash on a steep bank in the southern end of the woods!

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One Day Knowledge Transfer - High Wire Extraction at Coed Nanteos Covert

Tir Coed | March 11, 2019

Five of our trainees and one staff member accessed this one-day knowledge transfer event delivered by MWMAC Ltd, funded through Focus Forestry First Ltd. on February 19th. The aim of the day was to familiarise participants with high wire timber extraction methods using a tractor mounted twin drum winch system! Overall, it was a very interesting and constructive day out!

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Women in the Woods - Ruth

Tir Coed | March 8, 2019

Learning and doing this [12 week training course] was incredibly empowering for me as a woman but also I'm retired in my early 60s, never did I think I would be coppicing, cutting down trees, I thought it was men’s work lumber Jacks and here I was age 60 a lumber Jill... The trees and nature bring a calmness.

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Women in the Woods - Polly Williams

Tir Coed | March 8, 2019

In 2014 I was made redundant from my job as a homeless/housing adviser for a local charity, I had two young children and was more than ready for a career change... I love working as a gardener, a tutor for Tir Coed and horse logging. I hope that I am am lucky enough to have the rest of my working life outdoors, where I feel most inspired, strong and relaxed!

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Women in the Woods - Jenny Dingle

Tir Coed | March 8, 2019

I have worked in outdoor education for more than 35 years now... the woods and the mountains are where I feel belonging and sharing my 'home' with the groups I work with brings me joy and feels like a good thing to do... I would very much encourage other women to be part of the woodland sector. The woods are a good place to work. The skills in this work are rewarding to learn.

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Women in the Woods - Ffion Farnell

Tir Coed | March 8, 2019

On this day celebrating Women, I would say- You can do anything you put your mind to, so begin it now. Be kind to yourself because us women are under so much pressure, make time for what makes you happy and know that you are just as capable, intelligent, creative and strong as the men around you... I have come across both sexism & ageism in my professional life (although on the most part I have received respect & encouragement) when I have, I have held my head up high and risen above it, the proof, after all... is in the pudding.

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Women in the Woods - Cath Seymour

Tir Coed | March 8, 2019

I started with just whittling a butter knife, and then a spoon, then I got the chance to have a go on a pole lathe and that was it, I was hooked. I find crafting green wood to be so absorbing and addictive... there is something about following the grain and the nature of the wood that is intuitive and very satisfying.

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Women in the Woods - Cath Rigler

Tir Coed | March 8, 2019

I felt an instant connection with Tir Coed’s equal focus on the woods themselves – not just the benefits woodlands can bring to people, but also the benefits people can bring to woodlands... I’ve heard male foresters, who have worked in the sector for years, saying things like: “If it’s someone I don’t already know, I’d rather work with a woman, they don’t rely on brawn so much and so often have better technique and use their heads more”.

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Women in the Woods - Anna Thomas

Tir Coed | March 7, 2019

I have always loved being out in Nature. My inspiration for my Art work has for a long time been based on forms from Nature, especially in the way that things grow... The change Tir Coed made to my life was phenomenal... I would highly recommend women getting involved with the woodland sector. It is a great place to reconnect with nature, start new friendships and source inspiration.

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Women in the Woods - Anna Prytherch

Tir Coed | March 7, 2019

I currently work as Project Manager for Rural Health and Care Wales, which is funded by four health boards. Being a working mother, childcare was always a problem when they were young... I also think that within the world of Business, a gender bias still exists at boardroom / higher levels of Management. When I was approached to consider becoming a Trustee of Tir Coed, I reviewed its objectives and felt aligned to these.

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