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Adrow Ltd Adrow Ltd is a consultancy offering services to businesses, public bodies and charities working in arboriculture, forestry and horticulture.  Projects include facilitation of industry partnerships including trailblazer apprenticeships, grant bid writing and business planning
Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) Link The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) aims to provide fundamental science, social science and cultural research of direct relevance to forested landscapes anywhere in the world. We make the evidence-based case for forests as part of one-planet living. We deliver postgraduate skills through training programmes including the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme, Forest Edge. Graduate-levels skills are delivered principally through Geography, BioScience, and Environmental Science degree schemes, into which we insert research-intensive forest science through lectures, laboratories, field trips, dissertation projects, and volunteering with our flagship Free-Air Carbon Enrichment facility (BIFoR FACE). We understand the importance of liaising closely with stakeholders from an early stage, and want to listen to all parts of the forest sector so that we provide the graduate education and research that is important to them, and so that we co-design our research effectively.
City & Guilds Link Founded in 1878, City & Guilds is the leading awarding organisation within the land-based sector. Our purpose is the same today as it was 140 years ago – to help people, organisations and economies develop their skills for growth. Our technical and professional qualifications recognise a wide range of specialist forestry and arboriculture skills and are highly valued by employers. In addition to our NPTC certificates of competence and vocationally related qualifications, our work-based diplomas underpin the Trees & Timber apprenticeship frameworks. Most recently, City & Guilds has become an approved end-point assessment organisation for a growing number of Apprenticeship Standards in England (including Arborist & Forest Operative) and successfully undertaken the first land-based end-point assessment. Our success is built upon collaborative working with employers and industry, to ensure that City & Guilds is able to offer high quality products that anticipate the changing needs of the land-based sector.
Confederation of Forest Industries (Confo)  Link

 Confor is a membership organisation that promotes sustainable forestry and wood-using businesses. We represent the whole forestry and wood ‘supply chain’ and focus on the strategic issues that are vital to the success and sustainable future of the sector. These include:·         Helping to build the market for wood and forest products;

·         Creating a supportive policy environment for forestry and wood-using businesses at all levels of government;

·         Working with partners to tackle ongoing sectoral issues such as research, skills and business support;

Providing high quality, valued member services.

Forest School Association  Link

 The Forest School Association (FSA) is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘Quality Forest School for ALL’. 


Forest School is a growing educational programme with thousands of education settings now running long term programmes in woods, school grounds, early years settings and now, increasingly adult settings with trees and woodlands.  It is defined in the UK as “…an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees”.


The FSA’s aims are to advance Forest School opportunities to enable children, young people and adults to benefit from increased access to high quality and varied educational experiences in the natural world.  This in turn will mean people build deeper connections to woods and forests and help care for them.

Forestry Commission England  Link

 Our nation’s forests cover some 250,000 hectares of woodland and other natural environments across England – roughly equivalent to the area of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds combined!Forests have natural cycles of seasonal change that take place alongside much longer cycles of growth and regeneration that span many lifetimes. Many of the natural environments we care for are ancient or native woodlands and it is vital we look after them for generations to come.

Our professional approach to sustainably managing the forest allows us to keep our public forests and woodlands as special places for nature, which people can enjoy and businesses can thrive in.

Green Light Trust  Link

 Green Light Trust believe nature empowers, they exist to support people from all backgrounds and experiences to rebuild, reawaken or refocus their lives through the power of nature.Started in 1989, and with a core ethos around preservation of our natural environment, the charity delivers a variety of courses, workshops and educational opportunities for both adults and children.

It operates in a number of woodlands, in which it teaches about conservation and ecology, while supporting individuals and groups with their own unique health and wellbeing journey.

Programmes are tailored towards adults and young people with:

•           special education needs

•           substance misuse experiences

•           mental health issues

•           Young people struggling to engage in school

•           Probation service users

•           Forces leavers and veterans

•           Individuals not in education, employment or training NEET

Harper Adams University  Link  We offer ICF-accredited postgraduate Forestry Management programmes at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level, delivered in manageable week-long modules at our state-of-the-art rural campus in Shropshire.  Our courses are a solid and effective way of developing forestry knowledge with a strong applied focus. Input from experienced staff and industry professionals, many of them Chartered Foresters, will ensure that curriculum is relevant and current and that students will benefit from the experience and insight of managers with real-world responsibilities. Industry visits and assignments based on professional projects and case studies reinforce this approach and help build career links and networks. The central UK location of Harper Adams enables access to a wide range of forest resource and enterprise types for teaching and study. 
Herefordshire & Ludlow College  Link  Herefordshire & Ludlow College is ideally placed for the study of forestry. With its 257 hectare country estate, the College’s Holme Lacy Campus is an impressive and long established provider of land-based education and training. The Campus offers an outstanding learning environment, designed to give our students the practical skills, knowledge and experience for successful progression to their chosen career. 
 Institute of Chartered Foresters  Link

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK. It is the only UK body to offer the Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist titles.

The ICF regulates standards of entry to the profession; provides and support to its members; guidance to professionals in other sectors; information to the general public; and educational advice and training to both students and tree professionals seeking to develop their careers in the forestry and arboricultural industry.

Working to foster a greater public awareness and understanding of forestry in order to serve a variety of commercial, recreational, environmental and scientific interests; the Institute has over 1,800 members who practice forestry, arboriculture and related disciplines in the private sector, central and local government, research councils and universities and colleges throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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 Plumpton College  Link

Plumpton College is located at the foot of the South Downs, East Sussex. Established in 1926, the college welcomes over 3500 students per year across four campuses in the South East.


The college offers courses in land based education with a wide range of levels of academic learning span from Entry to Level 3 and then into higher education with foundation degrees, honours degrees and masters courses for extended academic learning.  We also have an extensive education programme for 14-16 year olds, welcome thousands of schoolchildren into the college each year to learn about food production and the countryside and offer a range of full and part time courses for adults.


The college has built up an excellent reputation for delivering vocational skills, training and education for the land based sector and we work with several thousand employers and business annually to develop business related programmes and ensure their new entrants progress through college and develop the right skills, knowledge and attributes to enhance the performance of their business.  The numbers of our apprenticeship students supported by businesses in the workplace and whom attend college for specific skills and knowledge training, have doubled in the past two years.

 Sylva Link   Sylva Foundation is an environmental charity helping trees and people grow together. Sylva’s activities are delivered across Britain under four main programmes: science, education, forestry and wood. Sylva Foundation works collaboratively to influence, educate and support people who work with trees and who care for them now and in the future. Sylva achieves this by providing up-to-date information and online tools such as myForest for woodland owners and myForest for Education for teachers and practitioners who use woodlands for learning. Sylva’s science programme informs much of its own work and influences wider policy and practice in Britain’s forests. Through the Sylva Wood Centre in Oxfordshire, Sylva offers people who design and work in wood the space, facilities and additional training they need to establish businesses. Sylva Foundation is part of the Forest Education Network England steering group which supports forest educators nationally. Sylva’s education programme also works in partnership with the Forest School Association and The Ernest Cook Trust.
The Heart of England Forest  Link

The Heart of England Forest is a registered charity with an ambitious vision: to plant tomorrow’s great native woodland, one tree at a time. Our aim is to plant a native broadleaf forest across 30,000 acres (10 million trees) as a haven for wildlife and people. The Forest stretches across the heart of England – from south Birmingham to the north Cotswolds, spanning the ancient Forest of Arden, south to the edge of the Vale of Evesham. With 6,000 acres of land, the+

Forest currently consists of 600 acres of mature woodland and over 3,800 acres of new forest planted with almost 1.8 million trees, providing a significant national asset to replace lost habitats and to mitigate against the effects of climate change.

The Heart of England Forest offers a range of opportunities for people considering a career in forestry from high quality work experience and volunteering opportunities to apprenticeships and internships. Our regular clubs – Mini Foresters for children aged 4-11 and their families and Young Foresters for young people aged 12-18 – also support pathways into forestry careers.

 The Woodland Trust  Link

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:

  1.       i.        protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable,
  2.      ii.        restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life,
  3.     iii.        plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares. Access to its woods is free.

 Tir Coed  Link

Tir Coed is a Welsh charity and social enterprise that engages people with woodlands through volunteering, training and bespoke activities that increase well-being, develop skills and improve woodlands for the benefit of everyone.

Over the past 21 years Tir Coed has developed a comprehensive engagement model that supports people as they develop, from first step engagement through to employment. All of the work carried out by volunteers and trainees improves the health and sustainability of the woodland and its accessibility for the benefit of the whole community.

Tir Coed’s current project LEAF (Learning to Enable Achievement and Fulfilment) works across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys with developments taking place to work in Carmarthenshire from November 2019 onwards.

 University of Cumbria  Link

The University of Cumbria is home to the National School of Forestry and has a strong reputation for producing award-winning, professional graduates who now occupy some of the most senior positions in the forestry and woodland sector. Our Higher Education forestry courses are designed to provide you with the skills to enable you to contribute to the future sustainable management of our forests. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) accredits all of our programmes.

The National School of Forestry enjoys an enviable position at the heart of the sector through partnerships, student placements, joint working, research, consultancy, continuing professional development (CPD) and involvement with professional bodies.

Located in the heart of one of England’s most iconic National Parks, the Lake District is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which provides us with a wealth of forest and woodland habitats within a short drive of our campus.

 Woodland Heritage  Link

Woodland Heritage is recognised as a unique initiative, which truly unites all tree people – a vehicle for wood users (and consumers) to “put something back” and contribute to the proper management of British trees.

Woodland Heritage was founded by a group of traditional cabinet makers who wanted to improve the way in which trees were grown, maintained and harvested in the UK.

This small group of environmentally minded producers was rapidly joined by many hundreds of individuals with concerns for our woodland environment: furniture retailers, timber merchants, tree growers and colleges.

Woodlands are capable of growing high-quality timber whilst providing an environment that supports wildlife, but only if properly and continuously managed.

Woodland Heritage will seek to help through funding projects, grants and travel bursaries, research, education, spreading the word via Woodland to Workshop courses and field weekends, and co-operating with like-minded initiatives.

 SmallWoods Association