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Could you support New Leaf Social Forestry Project?

Could you support New Leaf Social Forestry Project?

Arbour Training, a not-for-profit social enterprise, needs volunteers to help develop and deliver their New Leaf social forestry project.  The new Leaf project, aims to deliver training in coppicing and traditional green wood-crafts to unemployed adults and young people in the Forest of Dean.

The Forestry Commission has provided the project with 20 acres of woodland and a large, ex-foresters shed, which they are currently restoring to become a woodland base for processing the wood they harvest for crafts and to deliver green woodwork training courses.  Significant progress has been made and they currently enjoy the support of 13 unemployed volunteers who have completed the New Leaf project. These volunteers work to help restore the woodland base and during the winter months, harvest and restore the coppice. The material produced from this activity is used to support the production of heritage crafts for future generations.

New Leaf are now recruiting volunteers who may be, employed, retired or who have some spare time. In particular we would like to receive applications from people with:

  • Experience of supervising work groups and /or overseeing ground work and building-related activities
  • Experience of safeguarding / child protection issues, who could support the Project Coordinator with implementation of H&S and safeguarding policies and proceedures. 
  • Experience in coppicing, green woodworking and conservation.

If you are interested, please contact Andy Cooper.

Go to the project page to find out more about New Leaf.


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