Young people taking part in an employability course called Get into Woodlands were recently surprised to meet our founder and President, HRH The Prince of Wales.
The course, which is run in partnership with Ludlow College and The Duchy of Cornwall, helps young people gain skills, qualifications and experience in forestry. The Duchy have hosted six Get into Woodlands programmes, providing the venue, Aconbury Woods, and staff.
During the course, which is led by the Duchy’s Head Forester, Geraint Richards, the young people complete a combination of classroom and practical activities including hazel coppicing, green woodworking, tree planting and harvesting.
Oliver Pagett, 25, from Worcester, has been unemployed for over 12 months. He took part in the Get into Woodlands programme as he'd like to secure a forestry apprenticeship. He says,
Paul Beesley, Interim Director for The Prince’s Trust in Central England, said,
Head Forester at the Duchy Estate, Geraint Richards was impressed by the enthusiam shown by the young people and the forestry skills they've learnt. He says,