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Discover a woodland work experience placement.........


East Ayrshire Woodlands, offer a work experience programme to schools throughout Ayrshire,
which was restructured in 2006.
The work experience programme, which was previously offered through Careers Scotland, is now
overseen by Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce.

The weekly programme is aimed at pupils with a genuine interest in a conservation / countryside
management career and can be tailored to his / her individual interests.

The placements are designed to highlight and offer taster modules in a wide range of tasks and
activities that are part of a career in countryside management and to try and broaden the view that
a career in forestry is almost exclusively male oriented and involves the use of chainsaws and
heavy machinery.

This information, while primarily targeted at work experience pupils is also a useful guide for
those seeking volunteering opportunities.

*** Most of our volunteering opportunities over the winter months concentrate on harvesting
of the willow crop and traditional craft skills ***

The range of modules available are as follows;


Traditional Craft Skills

Traditional craft skills involve an introduction to coppicing techniques, particularly willow and hazel and how materials were
used to construct fences, screens, living archways, tunnels, domes or shelters. The module will also include harvesting techniques,
with cutting short rotation coppice, bundling and labelling. There may also be the opportunity to use traditional materials and
techniques in making creative, decorative items or simple furniture. 


Practical Woodland Management

Practical woodland management can involve anything from initial surveys or tree stocking density checks to planting and
maintenance of new trees, habitat or access enhancement or installing site furniture such as benches, waymarker posts or signs.   


Species and Woodland Survey

Species survey is a vital part of the management of a woodland, to monitor the success of habitat enhancement work or to
assess the biodiversity health of the woodland. This module offers basic training in identification and techniques of surveying
for: birds, wildflowers, trees and mammals.


Wildfower and Tree Propagation

East Ayrshire Woodlands manage a polytunnel where certain tree and wildflower species are grown in order to be used as
part of future site planting schemes and for community / education work.
This module involves the processes of seed collection, sowing, maintenance and site planting.


Event Design and Preparation

Events are one of the ways we communicate to the general public and promote our woodlands. This module involves preparation
work both in and out of the office, use of PC, printers and laminator and creative thinking.


Creative Woodland Interpretation

Interpretation is not always a flat panel or sign, and this module allows the most creativity and would be of particular interest
to art & design students. This module offers the opportunity to work to a specific project brief about one of our local woodland
sites, from producing creative initial ideas through to a final design in a range of media, which could include photography,
illustration, sculpture etc.There would be opportunities to create interpretation features during the placement, such as temporary
natural sculpture.

How the placement is structured

It is envisaged that most pupils would pick 5 out of 6 modules and spend one full day on each, though the placement is flexible and
could either allow an opportunity to experience all the 6 modules or concentrate on a single module for a specific week-long project.

What to do now?

If, after reading about our work experience placements, you have a genuine interest in finding out more, discuss this further with
your work experience co-ordinator and get them to contact us if you have any specific questions.