Nick lands dream job in the Brecon Beacons

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Working in the Welsh woodlands is a dream come true for the country’s youngest Woodlands Officer.

Nick Fackrell, 24, has joined Forestry Commission Wales’s Grants and Regulations team as the Woodlands Officer based in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Nick works with woodland owners, farmers and management planners to approve applications for the Better Woodland for Wales grant scheme which helps to pay for new planting and woodland management.

Nick said, "The woodlands offer so many opportunities for an exciting and rewarding career.

"My new job at Forestry Commission Wales means that I am working with professional foresters and with landowners, some of whom have little experience of woodland management.

"There’s so much variety in my work, too.

"I can be dealing with anything from giving permission to fell a couple of trees to approving a plan to manage hundreds of hectares of forest."

Originally from Cannington, near Bridgwater, Somerset, Nick completed his degree in forestry and woodland management at the Newton Rigg campus of the University of Central Lancashire (now the University of Cumbria). Part of his course was an 18 month placement with the Dartmoor National Park Authority as a student forester where he gained plenty of hands-on experience, doing planting, maintenance, chainsaw operations and tree surveys.

After graduating, Nick returned home and worked for Somerset County Council’s countryside team for a year before starting his new job with Forestry Commission Wales.

For further details on the Better Woodland for Wales grant scheme, which funds new planting and woodland management for schemes as small as 0.25 hectares, please contact Forestry Commission Wales on 0800 068 0300 or see


Forestry Commission Wales is the government department responsible for forestry policy and looks after the 126,000 hectares (309,000 acres) of public forests owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

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