This news story is now over a year old and information may no longer be accurate or up-to-date. It might also contain obsolete links.
Please use our search link on the left to look for more recent information.
Three dedicated new apprentices have been selected to work on an exciting environmental project led by the Forestry Commission and the Small Woods Association.
The three apprentices, Fahra Collins, 37, Robert Moore, 20, and Andrew Jones, 17, will be helping to work towards the preservation of the landscape of the Wyre Forest as part of the Grow With Wyre Landscape partnership Scheme.
The apprenticeship will also help them achieve an NPTC Diploma in work based Trees and Timber – a course accredited by the Hertfordshire College of Technology.
Fahra Collins, originally from London, has always been interested in horticulture and worked as a self employed landscape gardener, before moving to her current location in the Forest of Dean. She said:
“I’m delighted to have been awarded the Forestry Apprenticeship, and once qualified hope to use the skills and knowledge learnt to develop my own coppice products business.”
Robert Moore, from Cavendish in Suffolk, takes up his Apprenticeship after returning from a post A Level trip helping to build schools in Ghana. Rob said:
“After getting away from a job in a call centre with the trip to Africa, I was looking for a new fulfilling job in the outdoors, and the Forest Apprenticeship seemed ideal.”
Andrew, who lives in Kidderminster, has always wanted to work outdoors and has completed a Higher Diploma in Environment and Land Based Studies. He said:
“I am already learning a great deal and really enjoying the experience. At times the work is hard, but it is very rewarding knowing that I am working to help preserve the local environment.”
The apprentices will be working on a number of projects where they will use a range of techniques such as tree felling using chainsaws, coppicing, orchard management and they will also be conducting tree surveys as well as putting up fencing.
Fran Fowkes, from the Green Woods organisation, said:
“The new apprentices are really enjoying their new roles and immersing themselves in the forest landscape that they will be working to preserve.
“As well as the qualification, hopefully they will take away a greater understanding of the importance of forests and woodlands to Britain’s countryside.”
The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme is led by the Forestry Commission and was set up to help restore the unique landscape of Wyre, celebrate its rich working history and help protect rare species like butterflies.
The £4 million scheme is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is made up from 18 projects, covering biodiversity, community involvement, access, local history, economic regeneration and education.
The Forestry Commission is the lead partner in the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme, joined by Natural England, Shropshire County Council, Bewdley Development Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Worcester County Council, Wyre Forest Study Group, Wyre Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Bewdley Development Trust and the National Trust.
For more information on the Forestry Commission in the West Midlands visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westmidlands
For more information about the Grow With Wyre projects visit www.forestry.gov.uk/growwithwyre
Notes to editor
- The Forestry Commission is the lead partner in the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme, joined by Natural England, Shropshire County Council, Bewdley Development Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Worcester County Council, Wyre Forest Study Group, Wyre Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Bewdley Development Trust and the National Trust.
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For further information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westmidlands. The Forestry Commission is the Lead Partner in the ‘Grow With Wyre’ Scheme.
- The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme is being delivered by a partnership of the following organisations; Heritage Lottery Fund, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council, Butterfly Conservation, Shropshire County Council, Wyre Forest Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest Study Group, National Trust and Bewdley Development Trust.
- The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £1.86 million to the Grow With Wyre’ Landscape Partnership Scheme. HLF enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy. They have supported more than 33,900 projects, allocating £4.4billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk
- GrantScape – GrantScape has a twelve-year environmental and community grant-making heritage. It is also a major funder of biodiversity projects across England and Wales (see www.grantscape.org.uk). Since 2005, GrantScape has awarded some £10 million through its Biodiversity Challenge Fund to 25 major projects considered to deliver the most significant gains for UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitats and species. Grow with Wyre’s “Rejuvenating Traditional Orchards, Special Trees and Ancient Hedgerows” project was one of six grant award winners under its 2007 Biodiversity Challenge Fund. The £294,000 grant from GrantScape is being made available through the Landfill Communities Fund, using monies provided by Waste Recycling Group Ltd.
Bob Griffiths (Wyre Forest Landscape Partnership/Forestry Commission) on 01905 533838 or email email@example.com. or contact Alison Coggon (Administrative Officer - Grow With Wyre) on 01584-813828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or