Training opportunities for chainsaw operators

Published Tuesday 27 March 2007

Commoners, farmers and woodland managers in the New Forest can now apply for grants for help pay for Certificates of Competence for chainsaws.

Commoners, farmers and woodland managers in the New Forest can now apply for grants for help pay for Certificates of Competence for chainsaws and other machinery operations from Forest Friendly Farming, as long as they or their business meets the eligibility criteria for the grant scheme.

LEADER+ provides Forest Friendly Farming with training grants to provide an easy access scheme to help individuals and businesses who get their income from the Forest or its produce, to pay for training to help them improve the skills they need for their job or business.  

Forest Friendly Farming has already provided funding for twelve young commoners to receive training in towing large trailers and horseboxes and in the past has funded local producers to attend courses on hurdle making and ice cream production.

Emma Rigglesworth, Head of Sustainable Development, said: ‘Forest Friendly Farming can provide a great opportunity to make training more affordable.

‘People who earn their income from the Forest will now be able to bolster their skills and receive additional training to benefit their jobs, businesses and income.’

If you are interested in applying for a training grant or to see if you are eligible visit www.forestfriendlyfarming.org.uk   or contact: Sally Igra, LEADER+ Programme Manager, tel: 023 8028 5368    email: sally.igra@nfdc.gov.uk

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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