Community woodland events

The latest community woodland events, as well as useful conferences, training and meetings.

An important part of our community woodland network is getting together to learn skills, share knowledge and support each other. Until we can safely meet up again we’ll be hosting a series of online events, discussions and practical demonstrations for members to connect and share. We hope you can join us!

2021 Events

To book your place on any of our events please email booking@llaisygoedwig.org.uk 

To help us process your booking please include your name,a contact phone number and the date / title of the event you want to attend. 

These events are only available to Llais y Goedwig members (Full and Associate members).

Not a member yet? No problem, it’s free and easy! Click here for joining information.

 

Build a bird box!

Thursday 18th February, 10.00 – 11.30am

Join Steve Chamberlain and Hywel Dodd for a fun and practical session on how to build and maintain bird boxes. A great seasonal activity linking practical skills with a deeper understanding of the birds that live alongside us, an activity that can be done in your woodland or garden.

You will be sent a zoom link with details of how to join in when you’ve booked your place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People and Forests, Wales and the Planet – Panel Discussion

Sunday 21 March, 4pm 

Llais y Goedwig will be taking part in the WOW Film Festival! We’ll be bringing the voices of community woodland groups from around Wales and exploring what you can do if you’re inspired to connect with your local woodland.

“With the climate emergency, everyone is talking about trees. But is it better to create new woodlands, or protect ancient forests? How are Welsh communities caring for woods? What can Wales do to prevent deforestation in the rest of the world? Join this panel discussion to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Forests. Learn to love forests!”

In the lead-up to the discussion WOW will be showing the magical film The Hidden Life of Trees.

Book your free space on the WOW website.

Note that this event is not organised by Llais y Goedwig and is open to everyone. 

 

 

FSC certification for small and community Woodlands – What, why and how?

Tuesday 23rd March, 2.00 – 3.30pm 

What could certification mean for your woodland? why should you consider it and how would it work? A joint session from Forest Stewardship Council ®, Community Woodlands Association, Llais y Goedwig and Small Woods Association, looking at the benefits of woodland certification and exploring what it would mean on a practical level for community and small woodlands.

Click here for the event programme.

You will be sent a zoom link with details of how to join in when you’ve booked your place. 

 

 

 

 

Sharing a Woodland – challenges, opportunities and creative solutions!

Wednesday 31st March,  3.30-5.00pm

Many woodlands have multiple users on their paths, cyclists, walkers, even horse and quad bikes can be sharing space. Generally users respect each other’s needs, but sometimes conflict and tension arises, especially during lockdown as we are all forced to take fresh air and exercise close to home. This has had great benefits, with people discovering local nature spots for the first time, but it also brings heavier use and competition in places.

This 1.5 hour session is a chance to look at how some member groups have dealt with this conflict and found positive workable solutions for everyone, and a chance to look at solutions for a challenge in your woods, with the help of others. We will run member presentations followed by facilitated question and answer session in small groups.

You will be sent a zoom link with details of how to join in when you’ve booked your place. 

 

 

 

 

 

Verifying Ecosystem Services: Potential benefits for small and community woodlands

 13 May 2021, Online 11am – 12:30pm

Small and community woodlands provide a wide range of public benefits, from reliable flows of clean water to spaces for outdoor recreation and biodiversity conservation. FSC provides a way for forest managers to demonstrate and communicate the positive impact their forest management activities have on conserving and enhancing ecosystem services. These verified positive impacts aim to facilitate payments for ecosystem services and provide access to other benefits – adding business value for those who responsibly manage woodlands and those who take action to preserve forest ecosystem services.

This event will take a look at the steps involved in demonstrating impacts using the FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure and explore the benefits it could bring to community and small woodlands.

You will be sent a zoom link with details of how to join in when you’ve booked your place (see booking details at the top of the page). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Skills Sharing: Well Being Services in your Wood

Wednesday 26th May, 4-5.30pm 

Find out all about woodland green/social prescribed services – how does it work? can it bring income to your community woodland? how to build relationships with the health/social care sector? what training is needed? and much more!

We’ll be hearing from Llais y Goedwig members about:

  • running regular wellbeing sessions for the general public with Lucy Powell from Outside Lives
  • working with the health sector to offer prescribed services with Rod Waterfield from the Woodland Skills Centre

We’ll also explore:

  • the process of prescribing green/social services from the perspective of the health and social care sector with Gwyneth Jones (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services).
  • the need to develop national standards of woodland wellbeing services with Amy Andrews (Coed Lleol)
  • how you can link with the Actif Woods programme to host wellbeing sessions with Nico Jenkins (Coed Lleol)

This is set to be a packed and enthusiastic discussion! You will have the opportunity to ask questions, share your experience and be part of the discussion.

You will be sent a zoom link with details of how to join in when you’ve booked your place (see booking details at the top of the page). 

 

What can we all do to record and protect the ancient trees of Wales?

Thursday 23rd June, 4-5.30pm

Join Llais y Goedwig and the Woodland Trust on a webinar to find out more about the world of ancient trees and how you can help add to the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Inventory – a project where citizen scientists are creating the UK’s largest ancient tree dataset. This talk, led by Tom Reed (ATI Citizen Science Officer), will cover an introduction into identifying ancient, veteran and notable trees, as well as guidance on how to record trees to the inventory. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes with plenty of time at the end for questions.

You will be sent a zoom link with details of how to join in when you’ve booked your place (see booking details at the top of the page).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Skills: Bud Grafting Course

Thursday 15th July at Long Wood Community Woodland, Lampeter

Saturday 31st July at Castell Henllys in Pembrokeshire
A day course in bud grafting will immerse us in a theoretical and practical approach to grafting using buds; otherwise known as chip budding. This method is carried out over the summer months, usually in July.

On this course we will have an overview of all issues relating to rootstock choice, the preparation of scion material and joining the bud to the rootstock to create a successful union. We will also discuss the type of equipment we will be using from grafting knives to tapes, waxes and secateurs. The course will give you a detailed introduction to bud grafting along with a tree to graft and takeaway.

We aim to accommodate all levels of ability in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere.

Please bring along a pair of secateurs, suitable clothing for working outdoors and a packed lunch.

This course will be held outside and follow covid precautions in line with government guidelines.

Places are limited, please book early (see booking details at the top of the page). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Skills Sharing: Woodland management for social forestry

9th and 17th August at the Woodland Skills Centre

15 places available on each day

Woodland Skills Centre is a community-owned, not-for-profit Social Enterprise which has a 50 acre site in the heart of the Clwydian Range AONB. There are 40 acres of woodland managed for social, environmental and economic benefit, workshops, Centre buildings, Forest School sites, tree nursery, polytunnels, apiary, wildflower meadow, heritage orchard, allotments and medicinal herb garden. The Centre runs courses in traditional crafts, countryside management, bushcraft and mindfulness, works with schools, runs family events and has a wide-ranging Social Prescribing programme.

The day events for Llais y Goedwig members will look at trees – identification, propagation, uses of timber, place in the ecosystem, edibility and toxicity, look at the woodland management plan and how it seeks to achieve its objectives and look at how social benefit is delivered by various means including the Social Prescribing programme.

The day will run from 10.00 until 15.00. drinks will be provided but please bring your own lunch. If you re travelling some distance for the event, it may be possible to arrange camping overnight on the 8th or 16th August so you’re ready to start bright and early on the day of the event. Please indicate when booking if you would be interested in camping overnight and we’ll be in touch to discuss cost etc.

This course will be held outside and follow covid precautions in line with government guidelines.

Places are limited, please book early (see booking details at the top of the page). 

 

 

 

 

 

Engaging young people and innovative ways of tackling “anti social behaviour”

tbc – More details to follow.

 

 

 

Llais y Goedwig Gathering 2021

tbc September – More details to follow. 

 

 

How to grow edible mushrooms on woodworking waste products

tbc October- More details to follow. 

 


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