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Watch out for further skills blogs covering a range of topics throughout 2019. We welcome new blogs on all aspects of woodland and forestry skills. Please share these pages with others.

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 My first month as an Assistant Forest Manager

October 2020

Tree improvement charity Future Trees Trust with funding from the Patsy Wood Trust and the Royal Forestry Society, are collaborating to deliver the Patsy Wood Scholarship. James Cryer, who recently completed an MSc Environmental and Forest Management at the University of Aberdeen, is the second recipient and is working with independent forestry consultant William Hamer working mainly in Hampshire and Berkshire. Here he talks about his first month in post.



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Forestry Roots - opening a door onto an exciting career

May 2020

Jack Hunt successfully applied for a Forestry Roots post in 2019 as an Assistant Forest Manager with Exmoor National Park. He has subsequently landed a two-year post with the National Park as a Woodland Conservation Assistant and describes his experiences as he recommends Foresty Roots opportunites to other aspiring Future Foresters here




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Selling yourself – an employer’s point of view

September 2019

Maydencroft MD and Skills Day speaker Tom Williams gives some of his top tips for Future Foresters. Find out more and book your place on the 4 October Skills Day here 



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 “Transformative” – Sam’s Forestry Roots post 

June 2019

Sam Ozaktanlar has landed a role as Assistant Ranger with the Heart of England Forest after his RFS Forestry Roots post gave him the experience he needed. Find out how here 




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The Forestry Roots project was just the graduate opportunity that I was looking for!

April 2019

Katie Stevens took on the role of Forestry Assistant at Nicholsons Plants, Forestry and Landscape in 2018 when she became one of our first successful Forestry Roots candidates. Find out how much she has packed into her first six months here


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Life after your course

April 2019

Shuttleworth College Land and Environment lecturer Tom Bowen tells students to be prepared to be amazed, humbled and taught on an almost daily level as they leave courses and start their careers. More here 




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Winter ID for trees

January 2019

 Winter is an important season for woodland work, with felling and replanting taking place, so it is important to be able to recognise trees at this time of year. In winter there are fewer clues to help you identify deciduous trees. Find out how John Morris can help here