Plumpton College at Flimwell. Woodland Management and Forestry Careers Training

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HighGround Rural Experience Week designed specifically to help Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans find jobs. 
Starting Dates: 6 September or 25 October or 1 November. Each Rural Week Programme is over 6 days
The course is delivered as a partnership between HighGround and Plumpton College, it is designed to help Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans find jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector: farming, forestry, conservation, landscape-design and much more. Through the Rural Week Programme, there is a network of contacts who provide work experience opportunities that can open doors to land-based industries as diverse as game keeping, cider making, conservation (both UK and abroad) and fishery management. These programmes are fully funded, residential and delivered at Plumpton College, from Sunday to Friday. During that time you will be given an insight into Farming, Forestry, Conservation, Landscape Design, Outdoor and Adventurous Education as well as employment and self-employment guidance and advice. Afterwards a Careers manager will arrange a follow-up with you after you have been on a Rural Week so you can work out what your next steps might be: work experience, training, short course or volunteering. For more information please visit

Woodland Management and Forestry Careers Training Courses include: Forestry and Land Management, Chainsaw use, domestic and professional, Generating Income from Coppice Woodland, Hedgelaying, Charcoal Making, Shingle Making and Introduction to Green Woodworking. Business and IT training available too, please enquire for details. We can also arrange bespoke training courses at your site, ie we have a tree inspection day at Ardingly College with our arborist David Kavannagh Spall.

Below is just a selection of courses available. Venue is Plumpton College at Flimwell TN5 7PR

Make a Sussex Trug in a day on our fun, hard work and hands on practical course. 20 August, only two places remaining. Discount for both places booked together.

Build an Oak Timber Frame Building 5 day course, hands on using traditional methods, working in a small team 7 - 11 December

Professional Chainsaw Use, Maintenance and Cross Cutting. NPTC:  Ref 0020-03 9 (previously CS30) - 21 September 2 days for plus assessment. Professional Chain Saw User Felling 0020-04 (previously CS31) 
26 October 4 days plus assessment day.

Understanding Bats in the woodland 12 September
Practical Woodland Management using Hand Tools 17 September

Stock Fencing  25 September

Woodland Pests and Diseases - dealing with current and future threats 3 October

ECP First Aid Outdoors - 29 October
For the full course list please use this link

Our popular and really useful £25 woodland orientated training workshop mornings November 2015. See
These courses are ideal if you are new to woodland ownership or thinking of applying for grants from the Forestry Commission. The RHI is now offering grants for domestic users of woodfuel heating.

Gift Tokens for presents.
Don't forget you can buy gift tokens for courses run by Plumpton College, part or full payment of a course.
These make a wonderful and memorable present. Please contact Claire Gammon on 01580 879547 or email for more details.
There are a number of exciting new courses for 2015, willow garden structures, gate hurdles, willow hurdles, trug making and more...

WoodNet connects timber growers and wood users in South East England, encouraging working practices that help growers to sell their wood profitably while caring for the environment.  WoodNet publishes an on-line WoodLots Directory and in partnership with Plumpton College runs training courses and events at the Woodland Enterprise Centre.

Latest Courses & Events »  (31 events)

Sussex Trug Making

Thurs 20 Aug '15   9am - 5.30pm
With: Dominic Parrette
Venue: Plumpton College Flimwell Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry, Flimwell, East Sussex

Practical Woodland Management using Hand Tools

Thurs 17 Sept '15   10am - 4.30pm
With: John Waller
Venue: Plumpton College at Flimwell Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry, Flimwell, East Sussex

Introduction to Chainsaw Use and Maintenance and Cross Cutting for the Domestic User

Thurs 24 Sept '15   9.30am - 4.30pm
With: Alex Livingstone
Venue: Plumpton College at Flimwell Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry, Flimwell, East Sussex

WoodLots Directory »  (2431 listings)

TREE REPORTING CONSULTANCY Professional reports & advice on all arboricultural matters.
Contact: Linda J Henderson BSc (For), Tree Reporting Consultancy
T: 01892 890422
M: 07970 412830
CD: HOW TO MAKE A HAZEL HURDLE Diagrams, photos & videos showing every stage.


Further your forestry career with NPTC Training from Plumpton College

brush cutter and chainsaw training

Please contact Claire Gammon, Plumpton College at Flimwell for more information. Telephone 01580 879547 or email  

A new app-based field guide from the Forestry Commission has been launched to help identify almost 100 tree and shrub seedlings under one year old that are commonly found in British woods and forests. Visit for more information













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