Discover a woodland work experience placement.........
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.
programme is aimed at pupils with a genuine interest in a conservation / countryside
management career and can be tailored to his / her individual interests.
are designed to highlight and offer taster modules in a wide range of tasks
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
while primarily targeted at work experience pupils is also a useful guide
those seeking volunteering opportunities.
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;
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
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
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
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
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
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
How the placement is structured
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?
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.