Please find below details of these free training events in North Wales available to Keep Wales Tidy Volunteers and Long Forest stakeholders, which are being organised by the Woodland Trust.
Seed Collection Day as part of Snowdonia Society’s MAD weekend 22nd/23rd September , Craflyn , National Trust, Nr. Beddgellert
Volunteers will be taken by minibus from Craflwyn to visit a suitable nearby location to undertake seed collection. Given the unusually hot  weather this summer and its effect on seed development we will need to confirm the exact sites visited closer to the time. The event will be led by Woodland Trust Site Manager , Kylie Jones-mattock.  The plan is to visit a local nursery in the afternoon to learn about seed collection (timing and ripeness) weather, storage and treatments  ( subject to confirmation). Both days will run to the same format and will start at 10.30am  and finish at 3.30pm.
Booking is through the Snowdonia Society’s website:  Registration for the 2018 MAD Weekend on 21-23 September this year is now possible online. For information on all activities and how to book your place, go to: https://www.snowdonia-society.org.uk/event/make-a-difference-mad-weekend-2018/
Please also share within your networks - the more people who get involved the merrier (for those taking part and for Snowdonia!). You can find the event on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/994584027363341/

Ancient Tree Recording day , Chirk Castle, National Trust  26th September

Ancient and veteran trees are a link to our past, form a large part of our cultural heritage and are extremely valuable for wildlife. As part of the Long Forest project,  Coed Cadw/Woodland Trust are offering volunteers involved in the project the opportunity to come and join us on an Ancient Tree recording training day. Find out about the importance of Wales’ ancient and veteran trees, many of which are found in hedgerows, and learn how to record trees on the Ancient Tree Inventory so that  you can add to the many trees already recorded on the database. Recording these important trees gives us a much better understanding of the number of ancient trees across the UK, which is the first step towards cherishing and caring for them.

Anybody wishing to attend will need to book on through our on-line booking system – we’ll get it up as soon as we can and let you know when up, but might be worthwhile people keeping an eye out for the event on it. https://woodlandtrusttickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/home, if they are interested . We hope it will be active in the last week in August.

A packed lunch and refreshments will be provided. Sorry , no dogs
Outline for the day:

10:00-10:15         Meet at the venue
10:15-11:00         What is the Ancient Tree Inventory, why are ancient & veteran trees important, what we record, how records are used.
11:00-12:00         How to Record a Tree ( outdoors)
12:00-1:00           Lunch
1:00-3:30              Recording trees out on site
3:30-4:00              Feedback session and questions
The Long Forest Project is essentially a hedgerow restoration project running through until March 2020 which will empower communities to learn more about the importance of hedgerows, in particular their increasingly crucial roles in sustaining biodiversity through linking fragmented habitats. The three year programme will also explore methods aimed at reversing their current decline, including significant opportunities for students to gain experience and accredited training qualifications in hedgerow management.
At present in Wales we know little about the condition of hedgerows. GIS remote sensing information available through the Woodland Trust and Natural Resources Wales is comprehensive but could be as little as 60% or as great as 90% accurate and tells us nothing about the actual condition or species composition of the hedgerow. Although valuable information can be inferred from the data to target any further survey efforts, it is important that we get “boots on the ground” and valuable scientifically sound records coming in.
To do this Long Forest has developed a phone app to allow colleges, universities and trained volunteers to record hedges using the Hedgerow Evaluation and Grading System, HEGS. HEGS is the simplest methodology for recording hedges but is robust enough to stand up to scrutiny so will appeal to the widest range of users possible. The app will enable the user to simply and systematically go through the HEGS whilst also recording the location and potentially the hedge start and finish point on the survey.

•             interested in training and accredited training qualifications in hedgerow management for students and staff
•             work experience opportunities in hedgerow management
•             historical hedgerow research opportunities
•             hedgerow research projects using the HEGS method

If you would like further information on how you can become part of the Long Forest project please contact Shane Hughes [email protected]      /  07766 007635


  


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