Since graduating back in 2009 with a degree in Countryside Conservation I struggled to find a job which was relevant to my course. After volunteering through various conservation groups and working full-time at an insurance company, I was offered the 12 month position of Trainee Community Forester through PECT, a position funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. I have been at my new position for three months now and love every minute. No day is the same and every day invites new ideas and activities ranging from woodland management to carving a wooden spoon with a piece of Hazel you’ve just coppiced from the woods. I have learnt about woodland management and conservation, engaging volunteers, green woodcraft skills and how to create a site survey for new tree planting sites.
The placement has given me the initial stepping stone for me to progress in the environmental sector and allows me to have the confidence in working in an environmental field. I am constantly learning and absorbing new skills and I am very grateful for being given such a great opportunity, I look forward to what the next 9 months brings in my placement.