Tarmac’s Panshanger Park site recently hosted a group of arboriculture and forestry apprentices from Capel Manor College, to help the students gain practical experience and develop their skills as part of their course. Tarmac have formed a partnership with the college whichillustrates the company’s commitment to stewardship credentials and training apprentices.
Tarmac has developed a strong relationship with the College in recent years, and provide a prize for best level three countryside student every year. Panshanger Park offers an idyllic environment to help the apprentices at the local college further their education, with a total of 150 hectares of woodland on offer. Michael Charlton, restoration manager at Panshanger Park, said: “Making the park an educational resource is very important to us and is central to our long-term vision for the park. Hopefully the work the apprentices do here will help them to find employment in the future.”
Derek McFarland, deputy head arboriculture and countryside at Capel Manor College, said, “Panshanger Park is an excellent place for our apprentices to develop their skills. It’s important they learn in a real-life environment, where woodland management is central to the sustainability of the wider park.”
As well as supporting Capel Manor College, Tarmac has set up a Forest School at Panshanger Park in partnership with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The Forest School, which opened in February 2015, is an opportunity for school children to develop social and creative skills in the natural environment.