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Creating a Forest for Learning - Education Officer

“[Through] direct contact with nearby natural settings, a world of exploration, imagination and discovery becomes increasingly evident to the child.”

Stephen R. Kellert, School of Forestry and environmental studies, Yale University.

Can you help us to provide opportunities for every child in The National Forest to experience outdoor learning?

The National Forest spans 200 square miles of the Midlands near the cities of Leicester, Derby and Birmingham. Situated in the heart of the country, it has seen a transformation of the landscape through the trebling of forest cover. It is now recognised as a national example of sustainable development through large-scale environmentally-led regeneration.

The long term vision for education in The National Forest is that every child, between the ages of 5 and 11 living in The National Forest, will have the opportunity to experience outdoor learning and all the benefits it can provide.

Could you help us better understand current activity, identify where gaps and opportunities exist and help take practical action to increase use of wooded learning spaces embedding outdoor learning across the Forest?

We’re looking for a person with the passion to drive this new project forward, with a keen interest in outdoor learning and the ability to engage with schools, enthuse about the benefits of outdoor education and make a step change in achieving our long term vision.

The Appointment
This is a part-time (2.5 days per week) fixed term post for three years.

Salary: The full time salary range for the EO grade is £23,250 to £26,040 per annum. Pro rata this equates to £11,625 to £13,020 per annum.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 17th October

Interviews: Monday 7th November

Training Opportunities

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) run a range of courses in practical environmental skills throughout the year (e.g. hedgelaying, coppicing, woodland management and dry stone walling). Contact them on 01283 223327 or 0116 2710178 for further details

Volunteering Opportunities

Burton Tree Survey
An exciting community project is about to start in Burton Upon Trent to assess the value trees contribute to society. East Staffordshire Borough Council together with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Burton Conservation Volunteers, the National Forest Company and Staffordshire County Council have come together to co-ordinate the project.

We know very little about the benefits urban trees provide to society, as a result they may be overlooked and not given the priority they deserve. This project aims to quantify tree benefits such as air quality improvement and carbon dioxide removal in Burton.

This project will use trained volunteers to carry out the field survey and is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn some new skills. No previous experience is required and volunteers will be given training in how to carry out the surveys to gain the skills and knowledge needed to gather the data. Volunteers will work in small groups to assess the quantity and age of trees at various points around the town. Further information is available from - Anyone interested in volunteering for the project should contact Victoria Liu at the Trust, by emailing or calling 01889 880100


31 Aug 2016

Winning Schemes Plant More Trees in The National Forest

Four new woodland creation schemes have been awarded funding through the National Forest Changing Landscapes Scheme this year.

26 Jul 2016

New Woodland Management Award for Top Quality Work in The National Forest

The National Forest Company (NFC) has established a new Woodland Management Award to recognise examples of outstanding woodland management taking place within the 200 square miles of the Forest.

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01 Oct 2016

Greenwood Days

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

One of the countries leading centres for teaching traditional hand crafts. In our woodland workshop we run 1-7 day courses, family days, parties, school visits, team-building activities and more.

01 Oct 2016

National Memorial Arboretum

Alrewas, Staffordshire

Featuring over 300 thought provoking memorials, along with a varied programme of activities and events there's lots for everyone to explore, discover and remember at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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03 Aug 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 2!

Carla Robinson, one of the team at the National Forest Company, finally gets out on the trail!

27 Jul 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 1!

Carla Robinson, Administration Officer with the National Forest Company, talks about why she was drawn to be a ranger on the National Forest Way.

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