26 February 2020

TRADA bursaries for Woodland to Workshop course

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28–30 September, Whitney on Wye

TRADA is collaborating with Woodland Heritage to encourage our future construction professionals and their lecturers to gain first-hand experience of forestry, milling and timber usage by offering three bursaries towards the cost of up to three places at a ‘Woodland to Workshop’ course.


There are three bursaries available for the course which runs 28–30 September: one student at £500; one lecturer at £250; and one part-time lecturer at £250 to students or lecturers from the disciplines of architecture, architectural technology, engineering or carpentry / joinery at UK universities or colleges. In addition, applicants must:




Woodland to Workshop is an innovative course linking ‘tree growers with wood users’ to broaden horizons and raise awareness by educating participants from the forest through to the workshop and beyond. The course is supported by knowledgeable practitioners and eminent speakers from the industry, and you will be based in the woodland, timber yard, sawmill and joinery workshop. Numbers are restricted to enable a ‘hands-on’ and highly interactive approach, ensuring a learning opportunity of enduring quality.


TRADA's University Engagement Manager Tabitha Binding attended Woodland to Workshop in 2011 and was voted the top student that year, winning the Prince of Wales Award. She commented: ‘With climate change, the need for more trees and better forests, the need for design and construction professionals to understand and work with their timber supply chains – there is no better time than now to attend Woodland Heritage's Woodland to Workshop course.


'It was a privilege to attend such an enlightening, well-run course back in 2011, presented by enthusiastic professionals who passionately wanted to share their knowledge and experience for the good of the industry. I’d encourage both lecturers and students to grab this great opportunity to learn directly from the professionals.’


Entry closes 17:00 on 17 July 2020. Winners will be announced on 24 July 2020. Contact Tabitha Binding on tbinding@trada.co.uk for an application form 


About Woodland Heritage 

Woodland Heritage was founded by a group of traditional cabinet makers who wanted to improve the way in which trees were grown, maintained and harvested in the UK. This small group of environmentally minded producers was rapidly joined by many hundreds of individuals with concerns for our woodland environment, furniture retailers, timber merchants, tree growers and colleges. Woodlands are capable of growing high-quality timber whilst providing an environment that supports wildlife, but only if properly and continuously managed. Woodland Heritage will seek to help through funding projects, grants and travel bursaries, research, education, spreading the word via Woodland to Workshop and Field Weekends, and co-operating with like-minded initiatives. Visit woodlandheritage.org for more information.


How to apply

For a chance to win one of the three available bursaries, please do the following:

  • Contact Tabitha Binding for an application form.
  • Review the terms and conditions on the final page of the application form.
  • Return your application form to Tabitha Binding by 17:00 on 17 July 2020, providing answers to the five questions and your full contact details. Students must also provide their lecturers’ details.
  • Winners will be contacted on 24 July 2020.


Additional information

  • The course will take place at the Whitney Sawmills & Joinery Workshop in Whitney-on-Wye.
  • The total course fee is £650, which – if you are successful in winning one of the TRADA bursaries – will reduce to £150 for students and £400 for lecturers. The course fee includes a year's free membership of Woodland Heritage; refreshments, picnic lunches for all three days and two evening meals; return minibus transport from Hay-on-Wye to The Duchy’s Timberline and Mary Glover woodlands on Day 2; and an exclusive pack of reference material relating to the course for you to take away.
  • Suitable stout footwear, wet weather clothing and a change of shoes will be essential for your comfort and safety. Please kindly ensure that you are suitably prepared for all weather conditions.
  • For convenience, we suggest you are based in Hay-on-Wye, but please do not book your accommodation until your place on a course has been confirmed.
  • Registration is at 9:30 on Day 1 at Whitney Sawmills & Joinery Workshop. The course will finish at approximately 16:30 on Day 3 of the course. Directions and joining information will be sent to you once your place has been confirmed.
  • TRADA will require a short article (less than 500 words) on your experience on the course with photos. 


As a full University member of TRADA, we can provide you with all the information on timber that you need through:


  • Hundreds of free online publications, including books
  • Free telephone advice on anything related to wood
  • Discounts on a wide range of resources published by TRADA and others


Contact Kathryn Macneil on 01494 569603 or kmacneil@trada.co.uk to find out more.