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Woodland care - Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland - RFS one day training course



Date: Friday 29 May 2020

Instructor: Malcolm Beatty OBE, FICFor

Location: Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle,  Bryansford Road, Newcastle, Northern Ireland BT33 0PR

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Course aim and outline:

The one day course aims to equip woodland owners with the following:

  • Knowledge to identify essential work needed to protect their early investment and meet the owner's objectives for a mature wood. 
  • Managing risks to an early stage woodland and identifying early management interventions required post woodland establishment grant.
  • Focus on the long term goals for a woodland - are we on track or do we need to change course?
  • Focus on inspection, monitoring & access - identifying what needs to be done, record keeping.
  • Focus on safe working in a small woodland - how to do it, actions a woodland owner might take themselves, and when to call in competent help.
  • It will not provide instruction on the use of powered tools, but will provide advice where to access further training.

Price: RFS members £15.00 / non RFS members £20.00. Free parking.   

Offer:  Any non RFS members attending this course will receive a £15.00 discount from their first year's membership if tbey join up after booking their course ticket!  For more information about the benefits of RFS membership, please click HERE.  To join at the discounted rate just call RFS HQ on (01295) 678588 or email 

Notes:  Refreshments and lunch are NOT included so please bring a drinks and packed lunch.  Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear clean of forest debris and mud, and bring waterproofs.

About the location: 

Tollymore Forest Park is the location of the training event, with kind permission of the Northern Ireland Forest Service. Tollymore was bought in stages by the Ministry from the 1930’s onwards, contains a wide range of mature trees, and became the first state forest park in Northern Ireland in 1955. It also has one of the oldest arboreta in Ireland (1752) and a unique collection of mature forest trees in half-acre plots. We will be using material from these in the course of the day. It is located at Bryansford, near the town of Newcastle in the Mourne and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

About the tutor: Malcolm is recently retired head of the Northern Ireland Forest Service, a position he held for 15 years. Malcolm is not only an authority on all forestry matters in Northern Ireland, he has also been a tireless advocate for forestry and a highly respected and well-regarded members of the UK forestry community. Malcolm was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the 2019 New Year’s honours.

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