Woodland Management Planning

A woodland management plan approved by the Forestry Commission gives land managers a structured way to organise the sustainable management of woods to a common industry standard.

The United Kingdom Forestry Standard (UKFS) is the reference standard for sustainable forest management. KWES provides the necessary expertise and services to ensure plans meet these standards.

Why create a management plan?

Creating a woodland management plan provides a guide that facilitates sustainable forest management and use of best practice for implementation of work proposals and monitoring outcomes.

Access to grants: Grant schemes require that land managers have an approved management plan in place prior to making an application. Your land needs to be registered on the Rural Land Registry with a Single Business Identifier from the Rural Payments Agency.

Felling and thinning licences: the plan of operations which makes up part of the management plan makes it possible for land managers to apply for a ten year felling licence without completing a separate application.

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Ancient Woodland Management Services

Image 8Kent Woodland Employment Scheme works with owners of ancient woodlands, particularly those that are not currently managed, to bring them back into sustainable production and profitability.  Increases in demand and prices for timber and woodfuel (logwood, chips and pellets) has made profitable and sustainable woodland management possible once more. The pinch-point is the shortage of skilled workers to restore woodland, fell and extract the timber.

KWES will bring woods back into production over a period of time using a rotational coppicing system in accordance with a Forestry Commission management plan.

All our apprentices work to the highest possible standards under the supervision of our fully qualified team leaders.   Our workforce comes fully equipped with all the necessary personal protective equipment, the required certification together with Employer’s Liability Insurance. We provide our own chainsaws and brush cutting equipment and when necessary we bring our own specialised equipment for use in ancient woodlands such as a low impact forwarding trailer.


The work we do in ancient woodland is essential practical experience for our apprentices and this is reflected in the day rate we charge for our apprentices.

  1. Woodland owners can either pay KWES for the work done by the apprentice team at an agreed day rate or
  2. Woodland owners can help pay for the work done by allowing KWES to keep the wood coppiced to turn into woodland products which KWES can then sell on the open market.

The proceeds derived from the sale of these products is ploughed back into funding more apprentices. Whilst KWES currently relies on charitable donations for a large proportion of its funding more of our revenue is now coming from the sale of woodland products. The plan is that eventually most of our costs will be covered in this way.

Do you own a woodland in need of restoration? Would you like to make contact with KWES to see if we can help?

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Bespoke Woodland Cutting Services

KWES provides extensive woodland maintenance services. We undertake most woodland maintenance tasks including coppicing, tree felling, brush cutting, fencing and hedge laying, tree planting and pesticide spraying. We take great care to cause as little disruption to the woodland environment as possible.

In these woods we also work in teams of four apprentices, each managed by an experienced and fully qualified Woodland Team Leader.  On large jobs teams are combined.

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Apprenticeship Training

Image 15KWES currently has 20 apprentices in training with a further 10 due in October 2016.

The apprentices study for two professional forestry qualifications designed by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and awarded through the Awarding Bodies Consortium (ABC), the Level 2 Certificate in Forestry and the Level 3 Certificate in Silviculture (the sustainable management of woodlands). These are widely recognised throughout the forestry industry. The Horticulture Correspondence College provide the theoretical qualifications, LANTRA trainers and KWES Team Leaders the practical ones. Awards include using chainsaws, cross-cutting timber, felling and processing trees, safe pesticide and forestry machinery use, and wood processing.

Practical training is carried out by KWES’s team leaders, not on day release to a distant college. KWES is recognised by the RFS as fully able to monitor the training and experience it gives its own apprentices. The standards they attain are independently assessed.

Apprentices begin at the start of the coppicing season in October. From then until March they primarily concentrate on practical training in woodland. It is physically hard work but worth it for the experience gained. For the following six months April to September they concentrate more on theoretical training, learning to make greenwood products and how to operate and maintain forest machinery and equipment.

KWES has been supported by The Royal Botanic Gardens KEW at Wakehurst Place who teach our apprentices green woodland skills such as hurdle making, hazel coppicing and hedge laying.

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Kent Woodland Walks and Tours

Taking a walk in the woods is the easiest way to enjoy the outdoors, get closer to nature and leave behind the hustle and bustle of modern everyday life. You can tailor a walk in the woods to suit you. Woods are also brilliant locations to walk the dog, with plenty of space to let your dog have a good run. Woods can be truly magical playgrounds where children can have exciting adventures. Our woodland walks are packed full of information about the flora and fauna, animals and birds, suitable for young and old, expert and beginner alike.

To find out how you can join one of our walks contact us.

Woodland Product Manufacture

Image 15 (3)The market for local timber declined rapidly in the 1980s as local industries such as paper manufacture that had provided a ready market for local timber declined. The UK market became dominated by imported timber that resulted in our ancient woodlands falling into disrepair and the essential skills required to maintain ancient woodland being lost.

As well as being more widely used for construction purposes wood is now becoming an important fuel once again as more people and organisations use it to heat their homes and premises. Wood is also a renewable source of energy as trees absorb CO2 from the air as they grow. It helps prevent climate change by displacing more expensive fossil fuels such as oil and gas that are non-renewable.

Increased environmental concerns and greater focus on sustainability has led to a resurgence of interest in locally sourced woodland products ranging from garden products like pea sticks to energy supply products like firewood. KWES turns most of the wood it coppices into a wide range of woodland products.


See our Woodland product page for more detail or Contact us for more information.

Woodland First Aid Training

Changes to Forestry Commission policy recommends those who work in the Forestry industry should attend first aid training that covers additional topics relevant to the risks associated with their work.

Forestry Commission recommended topics include:

Forestry First Aid is now offered by KWES, and courses are delivered by our own in-house First Aid Instructor.

Specialised first aid instruction for forestry workers is a wise policy and KWES believes it to be essential. When working in remote areas the likelihood of a ‘long wait time’ for the emergency services to reach a casualty is real, therefore first aid knowledge to deal with injuries such as a catastrophic bleed or hypothermia (it does not need to be cold to suffer with hypothermia) is imperative in our view.

KWES instructor, Roy Hopkins delivers training of all first aid courses within the learning scope of NUCO the awarding body. The training provided by Roy comes with experience in forestry and working with high risk groups in the industry. In addition Roy has gained experience working within the Emergency Services and currently as a Community First Responder with the county’s ambulance service.

Course 1 – Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

This qualification is the minimum that anyone working in forestry should achieve. The EFAW is a one day course that covers the minimum standard syllabus.

Course 2 – (+F)

This a one day course that provides additional skills that add onto the EFAW. The (+F) can also be added to the next level of first aid below.

Course 3 – First Aid at Work (FAW)

This is a more comprehensive three day course.


All successful candidates will be awarded a (+F) certificate from a Forestry Commission approved awarding body.

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