Powys waving good-bye to another 12 week course!

Written by Tir Coed / Monday 29 April 2019

Our first 12 week course of 2019 has come to an end, 11 trainees started the course working through all weathers from snow, sleet, rain and the hottest February on record! Covering a 50-year age range every trainee brought different life skills and experience to the course. Over the 12 weeks as well as learning the skill needed to gain the Agored Cymru Accreditation; the group also took part in a tour of the Estate, venturing into one of the Dams, and seeing the historical wood processing equipment still in location on the Estate. Tutor Phil’s amazing passion for the Elan Valley inspired and enthralled everyone!

Over the 12 weeks, friendships grew and the trainees evolved into a team, working in sync to complete task set by Phil and Dave. Oak trees were planted, a hedge around the estate office was laid, willow hurdles created, pathways cleared and more selective felling took place. This accumulated in 10 completed portfolios and 10 qualified trainees ready to continue on their journey.

On the last day of the course we celebrated the achievements of the trainees, with homemade pizza cooked on the BBQ, and a presentation of Certificates by Tir Coed CEO Ffion Farnell, Elan Valley Trust Chair Dr Ieuan Joyce and Elan Links Scheme Manager Eluned Lewis. Although the course has ended, the trainees' journey with Tir Coed doesn’t stop here, some will be joining us on further training, some will be volunteering with the Elan Links Project and all will remain a part of the Tir Coed family.