Jonathan T works in the International Forest Policy Team at the Forestry Commission. "Last year I got to go to China, and I got to hold a panda". He says the best side of his work is "when you see actually the benefit that all those policies have, and how they then impact on people, and really try to make a difference to people's lives and to management of forests".
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Forestry workers perform a variety of tasks related to the planting, cultivation and protection of trees.
There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by short courses covering specialised skills. NVQs/SVQs in Forestry are available at Levels 1 and 2, together with BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships in some areas.
- Prepares ground for planting by clearing vegetation and other debris
- Drains and ploughs land and erects and maintains fences as necessary
- Collects seeds, plants and prunes trees and selects and marks trees for felling
- Fells trees using axe or power saw and saws wood into required lengths
- Cuts coppice, removes tops of standing trees and lops branches as necessary
- Assists in the control of harmful diseases, pests or forms of wildlife
- Builds and maintains forest roads
- Maintains watch for fires and operates fire fighting equipment.
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