Panshanger Park hosts woodland management apprentices

Capel Manor College apprentices are benefiting from support from colleagues in Panshanger Park.

Aboriculture and forestry apprentices have been visiting the 150 hectares of woodlands at the park, gaining practical experience and developing their skills.

Derek McFarland, deputy head arboriculture and countryside at Capel Manor College, said, “Panshanger Park is an excellent place for our apprentices to develop their skills. It’s important they learn in a real-life environment, where woodland management is central to the sustainability of the wider park.”

The management of the woodland at Panshanger Park provides a timber resource, benefits the Park’s wildlife, makes public access safer, and helps to sensitively maintain the historic landscape.

Michael Charlton, restoration manager at Panshanger Park, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with Capel Manor College, providing a prize for best level three countryside student every year. We’re really pleased to be supporting their apprentices too.

“Ensuring the park is useful as an educational resource is very important to us and is central to our long-term vision for the park. Hopefully the work the apprentices do here will help them to find employment in the future.”

As well as supporting Capel Manor College, Tarmac has set up a Forest School at Panshanger Park in partnership with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The Forest School, which opened in February 2015, is an opportunity for school children to develop social and creative skills in the natural environment.

Panshanger Park is home to 816 veteran trees including the famous Panshanger oak, one of the largest maiden oaks in the country.


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