Dales Woodland Restoration

Tree planting is one of the most important things you can do for the environment. We’re working together with our partners and supporters to create a landscape with more native broadleaf woodlands for people and wildlife.

YDMT Woodland Trainees Zoe Bullivant and Sam Marshall secured new jobs in the environmental sector after completing their woodland training with YDMT.

Zoe and Sam joined us as Woodland Trainees as part of our Together for Trees project, gaining a wealth of experience working with a professional contractor. They played a key role in helping to transform native broadleaf cover in the Yorkshire Dales as part of the project.

They have learnt skills such as fencing, walling, invasive species control, willow spiling and peatland restoration as well as gaining experience in mapping and surveying work and the design, creation, and management of woodlands.

Woodland Trainees Sam and Zoe

Sam Marshall - Woodland Officer at the Wyre Rivers Trust

Sam, 23, joined us as a Woodland Trainee in 2021. 

“I was looking for a practical conservation traineeship to enhance my career prospects. The Woodland Trainee role allowed me to try many different roles which I wouldn’t have otherwise tried. YDMT offered a great opportunity to gain the practical skills I needed to follow a career in wildlife conservation.

“I am now working as Woodland Officer for the Wyre Rivers Trust. It combines woodland planting in riparian habitat with health walks, volunteer days and community activities including water sampling and invertebrate surveying and leaky dam building.

Woodland Trainee Sam

“I am very grateful for the skills I have learnt, and my new job is exactly what I hoped to get from my experience as a woodland trainee.”

Sam was placed with local contractor Moor and Valley as part of his traineeship. Here he got the chance to learn practical land-based skills as well as finding out how contractors and consultants work with larger organisations. 

He gained surveying and tree identification skills, as well as experience of using GIS and writing grant proposals, which he hadn’t expected when applying for the role. 

“I will look back fondly on the time I spent at Moor and Valley. There were stressful periods, but having the opportunity to work things out alone and cope with those situations has made me a stronger applicant for any job. I loved the amount of time spent outdoors and working in beautiful areas.”

Zoe Bullivant - Stakeholder Dialogue Coordinator for Dialogue Matters

Like Sam, Zoe completed her YDMT Woodland Traineeship with Moor and Valley and gained a wealth of experience in all areas of countryside management. She gained a deeper understanding of peatland and its conservation, undertaking moorland and peatland surveys, habitat and bird surveys and balsam and bracken control.

“Before becoming a YDMT Woodland Trainee, I was struggling to find paid environmental employment. Now I am a Stakeholder Dialogue Coordinator for an award-winning consultancy who design, facilitate, research, train, advise and evaluate stakeholder participation and champion best practice within the environmental sector.

Woodland Trainee Zoe

“My responsibilities include project coordination and support, report writing, desk-based research and facilitation. I learnt so much as a trainee and I’m really happy I am able to undertake environmental work.”

Fo Zoe taking part in community engagement with YDMT was a highlight of her traineeship. She helped the team liaise with local people to restore and support its landscapes as well ensuring young people can have a real influence on the environment.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Woodland Trainee with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Working with Moor and Valley and having the opportunity to work outdoors every day, learn from such an enthusiastic and dedicated team, and experience such a wide range of roles was invaluable. Whilst it cannot be denied that at times it was physically and mentally exhausting, with the constant support from Carol and YDMT, I can honestly say that I had a blast and everything that I have learnt has helped me to find out more about myself. Thank you for everything!”