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Wild Skills in Woking

Posted: Thursday 10th December 2015 by OutdoorLearning

Wild Skills in WokingWild Skills in Woking

Surrey Wildlife Trust in partnership with Evolution (Woking) Ltd provided a free six-day nature conservation course for local people in Westfield, Woking.

The first Wild Skills Course took place at Woking Adult Learning Centre in Bonsey Lane, Westfield during September and October 2015.

A small group of unemployed and retired ‘students’ had a unique opportunity to learn about local habitats, survey wildlife, plan conservation work and fell trees safely, before putting all that learning into practice by carrying out a conservation task on nearby Westfield Common.

The course was given by Paul Ritchie (Community Engagement Coordinator) and Louise Shorthose (Adult Education Coordinator) using a mixture of classroom and outdoor activities. Its purpose was to provide training in nature conservation so that people develop an understanding of wildlife and practical skills for conserving habitats.

The course was fun and the group really got involved. It’s a great chance for anyone who wants to find out more about working or volunteering in nature conservation. You don’t need any qualifications or experience, just an interest in wildlife.

The Trust was able to develop and deliver this course thanks to funding from Evolution (Woking) Ltd, a partnership of Woking Borough Council, Thames Valley Housing Association and Kier Partnership Homes providing 224 affordable rented homes in Westfield.

The Wild Skills Course is part of an ongoing commitment to support local communities by helping people learn new skills for employment or to help as a volunteer. Our next course takes place in January 2016.

If you want to find out more about the second course starting in January 2016 email: paul.ritchie@surreywt.org.uk

Paul Ritchie

Community Engagement Coordinator
 

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