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Dudley Council has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to deliver training for 18 to 30 year olds in woodland management and conservation.

The free training will use the new warden’s base at Saltwells National Nature Reserve.

This programme is free of charge to young people aged 18-30 not currently in full time work, training or education, living in the West Midlands able to travel to Saltwells National Nature Reserve in Dudley.

In the four-week programme young people will learn about the different aspects of woodlands maintenance and geoconservation and gain work experience and training at the Black Country Geopark's Saltwells Nature Reserve, one of the UK's largest urban nature reserves.

They’ll gain qualifications to help get a job in the green or forestry sector such as NPTC Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting and improve their teamwork and communication and boost confidence, interviews skills and CVs.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm, said:

We always knew we wanted to run activities like this when we built the new Warden’s base, and this project with the Prince’s Trust is just perfect.
It will give young people the skills, confidence, experience and qualifications they need to start off this in this field of work. We’re really excited about this project and hope it will be the first of many.

People can register their interest on Eventbrite

Or to find out more text 'Woodlands' to 07436838901 or email

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