Introduction to Trees

Organised by Plymouth Tree Partnership & Lynher Training

A new course called “Introduction to Trees” will start in January 2019. Cost £300
It will consist of 12 monthly evening sessions at the Life Centre in Plymouth (Central Park), each lasting 3 hours, and include the following topics, and more:

Tree biology
Selecting nursery stock
Tree identification
Threats to tree health
Planting and establishment
Ancient trees
Trees and the law

As the end of the course, successful participants will receive a City and Guilds Level 2 qualification in forestry and arboriculture.

The instructor will be Anthony Mackarel, an inspirational and extremely knowledgeable instructor. He has delivered various versions of this Level 2 over a number of years, with excellent results. Testimonials from past students are available on request.

Although there are criteria to be met in order to achieve the Level 2 Certificate, there is enough flexibility and scope within it to enable delivery of a course that will fit with a particular group’s or individual’s requirements. For Plymouth Tree Partnership members, there will be a focus on urban trees, with an additional session to be delivered by the Ancient Tree Forum on ancient and veteran trees at Saltram House Plympton (PL7 1UH).

Further details as follows:

Dates:

12 x 3-hour evening sessions on a Thursday at the Plymouth Life Centre (PL2 3DF) on the following dates:
2019
January 24th,
February 21st,
March 21st,
April 25th,
May 23rd,
June 20th,
July 18th,
August 22nd,
September 19th,
October 17th,
November 21st,
and December 12th

Also
There will be three full day Saturday sessions mid-year including a lecture from the Ancient Tree Forum at Saltram House. Dates TBC

Commitment:

We are only able to offer places on funded qualifications to candidates who are able to commit to completing the whole course and attend all of the scheduled sessions, as the funding depends on full attendance. (See our Terms and Conditions on the reverse of your booking form.) If you would like to enrol, please check that you are able to attend all of the dates above. (Of course, we understand that you can’t predict your full availability a whole year ahead, and we can get around the odd missed session and help you catch up)

Who is the qualification for?

Anyone working or planning to work/or volunteering in the Land based sector, especially with trees.

About this qualification:

• The City and Guilds Level 2 Extended Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture is an industry recognised qualification.
• Part funding is available for all 19+ learners, as available
• Cost £300 (funded price)
• Outdoor sessions included (during lighter evenings in summer and early Autumn): Tree identification, Tree inspection, Woodland management, Habitat management, and Tree planting and aftercare.
• Includes an evening session hosted by the Ancient Tree Forum at a Plymouth National Trust property with ancient and veteran trees.

Course details: 30 credits. 12 sessions x 3 hrs.

Unit 205 Identify and Select Trees and Shrubs (5 credits)
Unit 204 Establish Trees and Shrubs (5 credits)
Unit 209 Understand and Carry Out Basic Visual Tree Inspections (10 credits)
Unit 208 Understand and Carry Out Silviculture and Habitat Management (10 credits)

Course Content:

Unit 205 Identify and Select Trees and Shrubs (5 credits)
Content of C&G unit:
The learner will able to develop the skills and knowledge required to identify woody plants and select appropriate species for site, soil, climate and aesthetic reasons. They will also explore the use of trees and shrubs in natural and maintained (rural and urban) settings.
Includes:
• Why trees are important – how trees can improve your environs
• Tree identification – techniques and skills for identifying trees
• Plant classification
• Species choice – The right tree for the right location.
• Site requirements,
• Requirements of trees in different situations.
• Why urban trees are valuable and what threats do they face?
• Tree growth and management

Unit 204 Establish Trees and Shrubs (5 credits)
Content of C&G unit:
The learner will be able to develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare the site and plant trees and shrubs safely and without damage to the plants or environment.
Includes:
• Tree planting.
• Problems with establishment, & reasons why newly planted stock fails
• Maintenance requirements
• Weed control
• Plant handling.
• Threats to urban trees
• Basic over view of soils and the importance to trees
• Tree planting pits

Unit 209 Understand and Carry Out Basic Visual Tree Inspections (10 credits)
Content of C&G unit:
The learner will be able to develop the skills and knowledge required to maintain trees and woodlands and carry out investigations to diagnose tree problems. The learner will review woody plants in open countryside, parks, streets, housing areas and small gardens and be familiar with the relevant legislation, British Standards and Codes of Practice. (additional content on Tree biology)
Includes:
• Tree Health
• Tree Pests and Diseases
• How a tree grows – introduction to tree biology
• Trees & the law
• How trees can affect infrastructure
• Duty of care

Unit 208 Understand and Carry Out Silviculture and Habitat Management (10 credits)
Content of C&G unit:
Understand silvicultural and woodland Management systems in UK
Identify the uses and conservation /wildlife benefits of rides, glade and paths in woodland.
The legal and environmental constraints and considerations in the management of Woodland.
Practical management of woodlands, identify appropriate tools and equipment
Coppice Management.

Includes:
• Woodland management
• Street tree management
• Risk assessment.
• Tree preservation orders
• Conservation Areas
• Ownership
• Felling licences
• Hedgerow legislation

Additional Session: Ancient and Veteran Trees – lecture from the Ancient Tree Forum.

Contact:
Lynher training: 01822 832232 admin@lynher.com
Plymouth Tree Partnerships: office@plymouthtrees.org