Training Course Delivery

Some of the subjects we could deliver for you

Where we are?
The world of environmental training has suffered two losses as a result of recent public sector spending cuts. Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park Training Centre, closed at the end of March 2011, and Countryside Training Services, which had been led by our friend and colleague Angela Gamble for the last twenty years or so, also closed for business in July 2011.

We are proud to have been at the heart of Losehill Hall’s training operation in its heyday during the 1980s and 1990s. Over the last ten years David has remained an active associate of Losehill Hall, acting as course leader for two or three events every year. He has also delivered numerous training events on behalf of CTS in the south-east and in East Anglia.

Although these organisations are now history, we are still very much in business of delivering training events.
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Landscape Character training programmes
Over the last ten years an important element of David’s work has been training initiatives addressing landscape and planning issues. Currently he is course facilitator for a multi-disciplinary CPD training course which is delivered two times a year in County Clare in the Republic of Ireland.

The
course booklet which David drafted for the Heritage Council is available for you to look at along with what a typical two day course programme.

Other landscape projects have included development and delivery of two-day events for Natural England staff (to help them when responding to planning consultations), open courses at Losehill Hall, and training for land agents advising on agri-environment schemes.




David Mount Landscape Character

Spanish Point, venue for the Heritage Council’s twice-yearly landscape training programme.

David Mount Landscape Character

David Mount briefing participants
on the Irish training course

Planning for non-planners
This popular training module, developed with Charlie Falzon, has been delivered around the country on numerous occasions over the last ten years. Participants have included Natural England staff working in the north-west of England, people from the voluntary and public sectors who’s job it is to monitor and comment on planning applications, campaigners who wish to influence policy, and others working with community groups who want to use the system to protect or improve their local environment. Most recently David delivered a planning workshop for personnel from BT’s ‘Wind for Change’ programme.

The programme for the last course we delivered at Losehill Hall is available in our resources section. You may also find our course booklet of interest – but beware: because this was prepared in November 2010 it doesn’t reflect recent changes to the planning system.

Site Management Planning
The motivation to produce or update a site management plan is often part motivated by a desire to achieving or retain the Green Flag Award, Natural England's Country Parks Accreditation or some other external validation. A management plan is often a requirement for all sorts of funding awards.

One model for delivering this (very practical) training is in two parts: an introductory day to brief and motivate participants, followed by a gap of maybe six to eight weeks for people to work on their plans. These draft plans are then sent to us a week before the second training day. On day two these plans are returned to their authors – with written comments – and jointly we review people’s real world practice, find solutions to problems which have cropped up, and learn from one another’s experiences.

Further details of an event run for Essex County Council in 2009 are available
here.

Other one or half day introductory events
Often time or resources mean that people can’t attend longer courses, and we have therefore developed and delivered all manner of training to provide basic introduction and pointers to a range of topics, including for example:
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Introduction to environmental interpretation
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management
  • Working effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Working with volunteers and community groups