Wild Skills Course returns in 2016

wildskills2Surrey Wildlife Trust is providing a second opportunity for local people to learn conservation skills in Westfield, Woking. The free six day Wild Skills Course on managing woodland and wildlife conservation starts on Thursday 14th January 2016. Anyone over 18 years who has recently left school, or is retired or unemployed can apply for a place.

A combination of classroom sessions at Woking Adult Learning Centre and outdoor activities on Westfield Common will provide students with knowledge about woodland habitats, and skills for surveying wildlife, planning conservation work, and cutting trees and shrubs safely. They will put their new knowledge into practice on the Common.

Paul Ritchie, Community Engagement Coordinator at Surrey Wildlife Trust commented: “The first course was really popular so this is a chance for anyone who wants to find out more about woodland and wildlife. We’re looking for local people with an interest in working or volunteering in nature conservation. You don’t need any qualifications or experience just enthusiasm to learn.”

Rudi Nicholls, Community Access Officer at Thames Valley Housing said: “We’re really excited about being involved once again in this training course on Westfield Common. Kier Living, Woking Borough Council and Thames Valley Housing are committed to supporting local people learning new skills for employment or helping as a volunteer.”

The course is funded by Evolution (Woking) Limited, a consortium between Thames Valley Housing and Kier Living, who are building 224 affordable rented homes in Westfield, in partnership with Woking Borough Council. The wild skills course is part of an ongoing commitment to support local communities by providing opportunity and training. Students can also benefit from free advice and support preparing letters, CVs and portfolios for seeking employment.

To book a place or find out more about this free nature conservation course please contact:

Paul Ritchie, Surrey Wildlife Trust either on 01483 795478 or paul.ritchie@surreywt.org.uk

Editors notes

If you would like more information about Thames Valley Housing, please contact Gavin McNee, Communications and Campaigns Officer, on 020 8607 0622 or email him: gavin_mcnee@tvha.co.uk

You can also find out more about TVH by going to www.tvha.co.uk

Follow TVH on Twitter @ThamesValleyHA

About Thames Valley Housing Association:

Thames Valley Housing is based in Twickenham, West London and delivers housing for a wide range of people. Founded in 1966, the association manages and administers over 15,000 properties in London, Middlesex, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. Thames Valley Housing aims to meet the aspirations of all our customers and residents, helping them to get the home they want or need at the outset, providing further opportunities to move or buy later should they wish.  It provides affordable rented homes, HomeBuy, market rent and key worker accommodation, including the staff accommodation for eight NHS Trusts.

Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a registered charity and the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey. We manage over 80 reserves; have over 30,000 members and each year our Education team engages with over 15,000 children and young people across Surrey. In 2002 Surrey Wildlife Trust formed a unique partnership with Surrey County Council (SCC) and became responsible for managing the Council’s entire Countryside Estate, covering some 2,600ha; during that time SWT has increased volunteering and funding income and made significant enhancements for the benefit of wildlife and the thousands of people that visit these SCC owned sites. Further information can be found on our website www.surreywildlifetrust.org

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