Felling Trees

This is a beginners course for adults wanting to learn how to fell small trees (less than 20cm in diameter) safely using hand tools and based on current good practice and an understanding of tree biology and structure.

This mainly practical all-day course will take place at Surrey Wildlife Trust’s educational nature reserve at Nower Wood near Headley and will be delivered by an experienced countryside trainer Paul Ritchie. With over twenty years experience managing woodland, commons and open space Paul will start with a short classroom session will cover an introduction to trees, their biology, management and uses. This is important for understanding how trees grow and respond when you cut them with saws. 

Paul will then take you to an outside teaching area to learn how to identify the hazards associated with using bow saws and felling small trees. You will discuss reducing risks and felling trees safely so not to harm yourself or others. 

After lunch you will move into an area of woodland where you will fell small trees that have been identified for clearance as part of the conservation management plan for Nower Wood. You will be shown how to process your felled tree to produce a variety of timber and wood products as well as using waste materials to create wildlife habitats.

All students will get an attendance certificate but this is not an accredited course.

How to Apply


Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

27th November 2018 at 10:00am


members £35, non-members £47


Surrey Wildlife Trust




Countryside & Land Management, Workshop & Practical Skills


Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, United Kingdom