Olivia Inspires Funds Life Changing Woodlander Course

This news item was published on: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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A group of Year 10 students at Lymington’s Priestlands School are enjoying their 2-year Woodlander course in woodland management thanks to an award of £3,500 from Olivia Inspires.

The award winning course is held at Hoburne Bashley’s Woodland Centre and aims to give the 7 students the opportunity to develop basic skills and knowledge of woodland management and provide a pathway into further education.

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Priestlands’ Headteacher Pete Main said: “Woodlanders is the highlight of the boys’ week and the lesson they look forward to most.

For some it has been a revelation and at least one of them is looking to pursue a career in this area having never previously considered it.

In this lockdown we thought hard about whether we should allow the boys to continue their course but we decided, for their wellbeing it was important.”

A member of the public recently emailed the school: “A group of your students came out early this cold morning to learn about hazel coppicing as part of their woodland management course.

Their behaviour was exemplary throughout their time on site.

They are a credit to your school and themselves.”

Pete Main concludes: “This is huge for some of these lads who struggle to get it right in school. Olivia Inspires has made a real impact.”

If you, or anyone you know would like help to realise your potential then why not see if Olivia Inspires could help you too: www.oliviainspires.org.uk