Sustainable Woodland Management - Pembrokeshire

Written by Tir Coed / Tuesday 09 October 2018

Our second 12 week training course is under way in Pembrokeshire. 10 participants are learning about sustainable woodland management at the Woodland Farm just outside Haverfordwest. Over the 12 weeks, they will be finding out about different management techniques, using hand tools, gaining essential countryside management skills and improving the woodland for our lovely hosts.


The Woodland Farm is owned by Linda and Steve who use permaculture on their site where they grow beautiful flowers for their artisan floristry business. They also have 16 acres of mixed broadleaf woodland which they manage for wildlife and woodland products which they use on site.


The course is being led by Richard Sylvan who worked as a tutor on our last 12 week course in Pembrokeshire. He has experience in leading courses on different topics including natural building. He is supported by Ben Burrage, an artisan arborist and, like Richard, is interested in traditional woodland skills and living more sustainably.


We have a great mix of people on the course with a range of prior skills and experiences. One of them volunteers with the National Park so has experience in aspects of countryside management. One lives at the pioneering ecovillage, Lammas and knows about living from the land. One has a background in holistic therapies and is interested in social forestry. One is an expert spoon maker and is sharing his skills with others in the group. All are looking to grow their knowledge and understanding of how to manage woodlands sustainably.

If you would like to find out more about the courses running in Pembrokeshire, you can contact Nancy, the Pembrokeshire Mentor: pembsmentor@tircoed.org.uk