Training

Training by the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park runs a programme of biodiversity training courses. Many courses are free, and the others are of low cost. Concession rates are available for Tower Hamlets Residents, over-60s and students. Booking is essential for all courses, even the free ones. Please visit the Friends’ website or e-mail the Friends to find out more.

FoTHCP is also able to organise bespoke training courses tailored to an individual organisation’s requirements. The bespoke courses can take place at the Cemetery Park, at your site, or a combination of the two. Please phone 0208 983 1277 or e-mail the Friends to discuss in further detail.

Between June and September 2017, FoTHCP is offering free training to anyone involved in managing or developing community open spaces, including housing association staff, tenants and residents groups, Council parks staff, parks contractors, members of Friends groups, and allotment associations. Half-day courses are offered at Cemetery Park or at your own site in Tower Hamlets on the following subjects:

  • Establishing and Managing Wildflower Grasslands
  • Establishing and Managing Native Shrubs and Trees for Wildlife and Amenity
  • Planting and Managing Spring Bulbs in Grassland and Woodland

See this news post for more details.

E-learning on invasive non-native species
The GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNNS) has been developing an online training (e-learning) package in invasive non-native species, which is now freely available for use. The e-learning currently consists of five topics:

  • Introduction to invasive non-native species;
  • Introduction to identification and recording;
  • Identification of invasive freshwater plants;
  • Identification of invasive freshwater invertebrates;
  • Identification of invasive riparian plants.

A test is available for each topic. Once a participant has passed the test, they will be able to download a certificate. To access the e-learning, please follow this link. Participants will need to register to take the e-learning, instructions on how to do this can be found on the home page. More information and a link to the e-learning site can also be found through the training pages of the NNSS website.

Other training
TCV London has a programme of Short Courses for both beginners and professionals, covering a wide range of subjects, from Leadership and Risk Assessment to Practical Conservation Skills, Tree and Wildflower Identification, Surveying and Monitoring. For more details see the TCV website.

TCV also offers bespoke training courses to volunteer groups and organisations who require advice and guidance in the safe and effective running of practical conservation and horticultural projects.  For further details please contact: Clif Osborne, Training Development Officer on 020 7278 4294.

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management runs a series of conferences, workshops and masterclasses for professional ecologists. See the CIEEM website for full details.

The Field Studies Council runs a wide range of courses on all aspects of ecology and natural history. The website provides details of courses all over the country, aimed at individuals and families, schools and colleges, teachers and environmental professionals.