The aims of this unit are to:
* demonstrate the concept of the evolution of woodland management in the British Isles.
* equip learners with a range of identification and management skills relating to woodland management.
* demonstrate timber resource values.
* demonstrate the importance for capitalising on the non-wood and heritage values of trees and woodland in the British landscape.
* provide knowledge of pressures on Britain's woodland and its environmental value.
At the end of this unit students will be able to:
* understand woodland management within global and European contexts.
* value the history and evolution and distribution of woodland types and management systems in the British Isles.
* identify major tree and shrub species including native, non-native and timber producing species, both broadleaf and conifer.
* implement existing woodland management plans and modify or develop new sustainable strategies for the establishment and maintenance of woodlands.
* identify, assess and prepare applications for external funding for opportunities to develop woodland projects.
* recognise existing and new markets for timber and non-wood outputs.
During the unit students will gain the following skills:
* gathering and processing technical information (A).
* formulating outcomes (A).
* making and defending decisions (A).
* written, verbal and presentation skills (A).
* representing the interests of an organisation (A).
* facilitating and negotiating skills (T).
* identification (T,A).
* auditing and mensuration (T).
* mapping (T).
* calculating specifications and costs (T,A).
* writing reports (A)
* communicating findings to a variety of parties (A).
This unit concentrates on:
* the importance of woodland and the significance of sympathetic woodland management at local, national levels and related organisations and initiatives, e.g. Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust Tree Council, Arboricultural Association, Royal Forestry Society, Community Forests and The National Forest.
* the history, evolution, distribution and cultural importance of woodland types and management systems employed in the British Isles.
* the development of a range of identification skills of woodland trees, shrubs, non-woody plants and associated wildlife including pest species and organisms.
* planning, establishing and managing woodland resources for sites with a range of ecological characteristics.
* identification of a range of commercial timber producing species and systems, e.g. quality timber, coppice products, small wood products and specialist markets.
* the investigation of operational costs, quantities and guidelines, where necessary, within the framework of budgetary and environmental constraints, plus the requirements of providers of external funding, e.g. Forestry Commission.
* skills for woodland yield assessment, harvesting and mensuration.
* marketing of timber and non-wood products.