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Case Study: Isle of Wight Woodland Apprentices

Title: Isle of Wight Woodland Apprentices

Category: Landscapes for People, Business, Culture and Nature
AONB: Isle of Wight

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The project was set up in 2016 to train eight apprentices to Level 2 Environmental Management, and in other skills, to provide the next generation of woodland contractors and countryside rangers on the Isle of Wight.

What was done

The project is part of our Down to the Coast Landscape Partnerhip scheme and is administ4ered by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The project is on-going with the first cohort of four receiving their training from Sparsholt College in Winchester and other training to include chainsaw operation, tractor driving, strimmer/brushcutter and first aid from a range of providers. The apprentices are supervised by a dedicated officer who is able to teach other skills such as woodland management, hurdlemaking, charcoal production and other rural skills. This is backed up with species identification and basic survey skills.


  • A dedicated Woodland Apprentice officer has been appointed.
  • Four apprentices have been trained in accredited tractor driving, strimmer use, first aid; and are working towards their level 2 qualification in Environmental Management.
  • 10 neglected woodlands will be worked on to bring them into productive use and enhanced for wildlife.


The appointment of a woodland officer who had a range of skills that they were willing to teach to new recruits and the back up of the highly competent Wildlife Trust staff.

Further information and links                  

Key search words:  Environmental Management, Apprentice, training, habitat management.

Photo Credits: Isle of Wight AONB