Why Manage Woodland?

Woodland is wonderful for its own sake. However, we can have the benefits of healthy ecosystems and beautiful landscapes in productive forestry. Unfortunately, much of our native broadleaf woodland is undermanaged, damaged by grey squirrels and prevented from regeneration by grazing pressure from livestock and deer. We teach a range of woodland management courses including some on behalf of the Royal Forestry Society, British Red Squirrel and the Woodland Skills Centre. We are looking forward to helping you develop your ideas for managing your woodland brilliantly!

Lantra Accredited Grey Squirrel Management Course

29th October, 2022 or 26th November, 2022

£260 1 participant    £150 2 participants     £120 3 participants      £100  4 or more participants

Whether you wish to protect your young trees from damage or be part of expanding red squirrel habitat, this brand new British Red Squirrel course is a must! The Lantra accredited course covers squirrel ecology, reasons for management, law, working together, health and safety plus a theory and practical assessment. You will be made aware of the work of the UK Squirrel Accord. Your instructor, David Brown, will support you to leave with the knowledge and confidence to protect woodland and red squirrels from greys and your award will demonstrate competence to woodland owners. Contact us to book a course or enquire about other dates.

Royal Forestry Society Grey Squirrel Management

Royal Forestry Society Grey Squirrel Management for Woodland Owners and Forestry Practitioners

May 26th, 2022. 10am-4pm. Harewood House Estate, Leeds.

£70 RFS Members, £80 non-members.

Please see the RFS website for course details and to make bookings.

Managing Small Woodlands and Practical Woodland Tasks

Saturday 19th February 2022 – Managing Small Woodlands (Nearly Full!)

Sunday 20th February 2022 – Practical Woodland Tasks.

Saturday 22nd October 2022 – Managing Small Woodlands

Sunday 23rd October, 2022  -Practical Woodland Tasks

Yes! Broadleaf woodland can be managed to produce beautiful native hardwood timbers and support our native biodiversity. Join us for a day discussing ‘Managing Small Woodlands’ where you will be introduced to silviculture (the care of trees in woodland settings) from tree planting to harvesting saw logs. Consider the different benefits you can get from woodland. Be aware of the law including felling, installing forest infrastructure, and habitat and species protection.

To get some hands on experience to set you off on your woodland management journey with confidence, stick around for a second day getting to grips with ‘Practical Woodland Tasks’. You will have a go at tree planting, aftercare of newly planted trees, respacing and formative pruning in young woodland, high pruning of more mature trees and coppicing hazel using hand tools.

Please book through the Woodland Skills Centre. Contact us if you wish to be included on our mailing list.

Grey Squirrel Control (Not Accredited)

Saturday 23rd April, 2022      1 day      £60

This course is run on behalf of the Woodland Skills Centre. It is delivered at our woodland at Bron Haul and as it is not assessed, is cheaper than the accredited course. This is the perfect course if you want to control squirrels in your own garden or woodland. Most of the day will be spent walking through the woodland at Bron Haul, undertaking grey squirrel control whilst discussing the reasons for controlling greys and being immersed in our demonstration of the wonderfully healthy, productive native woodland we can have if we are successful. You will be made aware of the law regarding grey squirrel control and special considerations in areas with red squirrels. Discover the work of the UK Squirrel Accord. You will leave confident of your knowledge and ability to control grey squirrels safely, effectively and legally.

Please book through the Woodland Skills Centre. Contact us if you wish to be included on our mailing list.


In their report ‘Bringing Woodland into Management: the missed opportunities in England and Wales (1999) the Royal Forestry Society summarised their assessment of undermanagement of woodland as ‘…not only a wasted economic opportunity, it is a lost chance to increase carbon capture and storage and improve biodiversity; it is also undermining the health and resilience of these woodlands, making it more likely that eventually they will become derelict.’

The greatest threat to our native woodland is the American grey squirrel. The Royal Forestry Society released two reports in 2021 assessing the economic cost of grey squirrel damage and collating the responses of survey respondents to questions of their experience of grey squirrel impacts and control. 39 partnership organisations, including many of our most well-known and loved conservation charities, are working together under the UK Squirrel Accord to provide a landscape scale solution to the grey squirrel, whilst dedicated activists are working in their local groups to protect red squirrels against greys across the country under the banner British Red Squirrel. The move to recover the health of our woodland ecosystems from this non-native invasive is well underway. Are you ready to join?

By applying appropriate management, we have the choice to instead create a healthy and productive native woodland resource for the benefit of ourselves and future generations.

Join us in the regenerative management of woodland; defying the double myths of mixed native broadleaf woodland as areas of timber fit only for burning or of untouchable habitat!


Beautiful, Biodiverse, Productive Broadleaf