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Woods into Management Introductory Course

Cumbria Woodlands

About This Course

Welcome to our free, Woods Into Management Introductory Course. This course has been developed for all those interested in woodland management, whether you are an owner, professional or simply interested in the woodland environment. Originally run as a five-part live streamed course on YouTube, this course has been redesigned to work as an online course that can be self-paced and broken down into smaller units.

The course will cover -

  • Management objectives
  • Assessing the condition of a woodland
  • Silviculture
  • Maintaining a healthy woodland
  • Woodland products and services, next steps and conclusions


The course is open all with no pre-requisites for enrolment.

Course Staff

Jez Ralph

Following an MSc in forest management from Aberdeen University Jez has spent the last 20 years in Devon, initially with the Silvanus Trust engaged with community woodland and a focus on small-woodland management. Following a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2012, looking at Value-adding for small-scale woodland owners Jez went onto manage the Architectural Association's forest campus at Hooke Park. In the past five years, as Director of Timber Strategies, Jez has been involved in forest supply-chain innovation, woodland resilience and teaching at schools of forestry and architecture.

Katherine Giles

Kath has over 10 years’ experience in sustainable horticulture having studied at Schumacher College combined with a background in heritage crafts associated with green wood and hedging. This work has led to a position at Timber Strategies supporting leading on work centred around sustainable woodlands and GIS mapping. Kath is currently leading on landscape specific work undertaking woodland inventory and future models for protected landscapes. She is currently studying part-time for an MSc at the Graduate School for the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

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This course has been produced in partnership with Timber Strategies and Cumbria Woodlands. Thanks to Kath, Jez and Timber Strategies for bringing this course together. This course has been made possible thanks to the Forestry Commission North West Woods into Management Innovation Fund. We also thank the Creative Engagement Group for supporting Timber Strategies in the production of this course.