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Free courses for commoners, farmers and landowners

Free courses are on offer for commoners, farmers, landowners and anyone with an interest in woodland management in the New Forest and Avon Valley.

 
PRLog - Dec. 18, 2012 - The New Forest Land Advice Service is providing four free training sessions in the New Year to anyone interested in coppicing and pollarding, feasibility of wood fuel, equine nutrition and pasture management and hedge laying.

Julie Stubbs, Land Advice Service Manager, said: ‘These four courses are in response to discussions with farmers, commoners and landowners in the New Forest area. These are the skills they would like to build on and it is great to be able to offer them this opportunity.’

Practical coppicing and pollarding

Wednesday 13 February, 1pm – 5pm Foxhills Infant School, Ashurst.

Local expert Dave Dibden will be explaining the environmental, cultural and economic benefits of these traditional woodland and tree management techniques. Places are limited. To book your place email georgianna.watson@nflandadvice.org.uk or call 01590 646698.

Harvesting Energy – wood fuel conference

Friday 22 February, 9:30am-4pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre.

This one day conference looks at the feasibility and economics of wood fuel production and looks at creating links between woodland owners, managers, land agents and the end user. Places are limited. To book your place email georgianna.watson@nflandadvice.org.uk or call 01590 646698.

Equine nutrition and pasture management – how to get the most out of your paddock

Wednesday 13 and Wednesday 27 February, Lyndhurst Community Centre.

A two-part course designed in partnership with New Forest Equine Forum. The course is an opportunity to find out more about nutrition and pasture management. Speakers include a vet, an equine nutritionist and experts on paddock management. Places are limited. To book both days email rachael.bowen@newforestnpa.gov.uk or call 01590 646632.

Hedge laying

Saturday 19 January at Hazel Copse Farm, Beaulieu and Saturday 2 February (look out for location details soon).

Expert hedge layer Andrew Birnie will be teaching and demonstrating hedge laying techniques using a range of hand tools. Places are limited. To book your place email rhys.morgan@nflandadvice.org.uk or call 01590 646688.

For more information about the Land Advice Service visit www.nflandadvice.org.uk

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About the New Forest Land Advice Service

The New Forest Land Advice Service is available to landowners and occupiers who would like advice and support on a wide range of issues relating to land management. The advisors operate across the National Park, the Avon Valley and the coastal plain. Since the service started in 2010 it has advised more than 300 businesses.

It is funded by the New Forest National Park Authority, Natural England, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the Verderers.

The service offers:

§  A free and independent service for the land managing community in and around the New Forest and Avon Valley

§  Support for landowners, farmers, New Forest Commoners, equine owners, graziers and community groups

§  Advice to anyone who owns or manages a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) in the area

§  A small grant scheme which can support capital works which benefit the landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the area.

To find out more about the New Forest Land Advice Service, or arrange a visit, please call 01590 646696 or email enquiries@nfladvice.org.uk.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper


The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

§  Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect

§  Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans-mcdaid@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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