Join the ‘Woodland Into Management’ Event

At the Green Wood Centre, 16th March 2017, 9am – 4.30pm.

Adding Value To Our Woodlands.

With the objective of bringing neglected woods back into management, The Forestry Commission and Small Woods Association are proud to host a day of discussions and demonstrations for woodland owners, contractors and community woodland groups. The day will include:

Demonstrations of extraction equipment: Transforming woodlands with difficult access

  • Timber Arches
  • Quad Bikes
  • Alstor Forwarders
  • Portable Winches from Tread Lightly Forestry

Adding value to timber: The latest machinery and traditional crafts

  • Wood-Mizer Sawmill Operating
  • Hydraulic Log Splitting
  • Hookway Retort Kiln Charcoal Making
  • Fascine Making
  • Green Wood products with Neill Mapes

Discussions

  • Leader funding for Woodland equipment
  • Community woodland groups
  • Utilising volunteers in a woodland business

The event will be held at the Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire. Places are limited, so book well-before March 3rd to avoid disappointment. Lunch will also be provided by the Green Wood Café.

For full details or to book your place, contact Russell Critchley at russell.critchley@smallwoods.org.uk or call 01952 432769.


Alstor Forwarder:

Portable Winches:

Hydraulic Log Splitting:

Hookway Retort Kiln:

  

Green Wood products with Neill Mapes:

  

 

Charming Woodland Hall Open for Hire

For those looking for venue hire in Ironbridge, we welcome you to the charming Woodland Hall at the Green Wood Centre. Whether you’re looking for a location for a celebration or a corporate event, the Woodland Hall offers a unique and characterful space that can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

The Hall, set in the beautiful, tranquil woodland surrounding of Coalbrookdale, can take up to 100 standing guests, up to 80 seated for a presentation and up to 50 seated for a meal. However, the Hall can work very well as an intimate space for much smaller numbers. Facilities include extensive parking (with further parking a short distance down the road at Dale End), toilets/washrooms, a feature log burner, presentation equipment and wifi.

In addition to the venue hire we offer a number of catering options, from a banquet-style experience to a simple sandwich buffet. For much less formal occasions there is the option to simply use the Green Wood Café next door which offers a delicious menu of food and drink throughout the day, Tuesday to Sunday, 8.30am to 5pm, although times outside those stated can be negotiated.

Parties and Celebrations:

  • Wedding Breakfasts
  • Birthdays and Christenings
  • Family Occasions

Business/Corporate Events:

  • Training Courses
  • Presentations
  • Networking Events
  • Meetings
  • Exhibitions
  • Photo Shoots

If you would like to come down and take a look at the venue and the surrounds, please do so – we would be delighted to welcome you. Whilst you’re here we recommend you enjoy a slice of cake and a coffee in the Green Wood Café – and please take a look around the whole site.

For more information contact us on office@smallwoods.org.uk or telephone 01952 598419.

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Smallwoods magazine takes on new editor

Small Woods are pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Niemann, the new editor of our quarterley publication ‘Smallwoods’.

Derek Niemann began his career with five years working for wildlife trusts and had a year-long stint as a volunteer tree nursery manager. After working for the RSPB for 25 years, sixteen of them as a magazines editor, Derek is now a freelance writer and editor. He has written three non-fiction books; his latest A Tale of Trees: the battle to save Britain’s ancient woodland, will be published by Short Books in October.

 

Small Woods Recruiting

Woodland Management & Membership Officer

A rare opportunity at the Small Woods Association to play a key role for both the organisation and for our members. The role will focus on woodland management policy, project organisation and services to members.

You will be conversant with the range of issues related to multi-objective woodland management. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, you will:

  • Lead national work on woodland management including networking, the development of funding bids, representation, supporting the development of Small Woods’ policies on a wide range of issues, and
  • Coordinate woodland management advice and activities for members including events, training, liaising with regional coordinators and responding to members’ enquiries.

Based at the Green Wood Centre in Shropshire, benefits include:

  • Working in a beautiful office location in Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge
  • Being part of a small, friendly and professional team
  • Being at the centre of the UK-wide woodland sector
  • Benefiting from training course discounts at the Green Wood Centre

Success in achieving growth in this area of work would be assessed regularly and significant increases in activity rewarded accordingly. Anyone wishing to discuss the role should contact Ian Baker on ianbaker@smallwoods.org.uk.

Salary: £27,329 pro rata (3.5 days per week)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 20th January
Benefits: 5 weeks per annum; family friendly flexible working

Download the full job description
Download the application form

 

Certification and small woods workshop – Shropshire 4th July

Branching out into Forest Certification – Sustainable Forest Management workshop, Shropshire, 4th July.The Woodland Trust is organising a sustainable forest management workshop in collaboration with FSC UK, Tilhill and the Smallwoods Association. The event takes place in a FSC certified ancient woodland close to Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire on the 4th July. The site is a plantation on an ancient woodland site (PAWS) and the focus of the workshop will be the management of such PAW sites under certification standards. Jeremy Evans, Woodland Trust Ancient Woodland Restoration Project Officer, will be leading the day which will comprise of a walk through the site with a number of stops to discuss key points. The event is designed as a knowledge share and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate. Refreshments and lunch provided.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/events/4-july-2016-woodland-management-cleobury-mortimer/

If you are interested in booking a place on this free event, please contact Adam Thorogood: adamthorogood@woodlandtrust.org.uk mobile: 07733012452 office: 03437705633

 

Summer Internships at Small Woods

Small Woods is offering voluntary internships at its Coalbrookdale site, a stone’s throw from the Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site. The internships will be from 3 to 6 weeks and are available on a range of topics, including:

  • Practical woodland skills
  • Woodland management
  • Heritage and culture research
  • Surveying woodland owners
  • Archiving, cataloguing and curating

Although unpaid, we can offer free accommodation on site and free attendance at one of our wide range of courses at the well-equipped Green Wood Centre. For more information please email Ian Baker, Chief Executive, at ianbaker@smallwoods.org.uk or call 07721 044976.