Title Vocational education and training on veteran trees (VETree)
Project Number 2012-1-SE1-LEO05-11641
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Veteran trees are trees at the end of their natural life cycle and full of holes and dead wood, but with great ecological and cultural value. These trees are by definition only replaceable over centuries and demand specific management.
The objective of this project is to spread innovative knowledge and skills, mainly developed in the UK, to all the stakeholders in veteran tree management. We aim at boosting the quality and quantity of veteran tree management education and training throughout Europe. By training potential trainers and by providing them with free quality training material, they will be able to independently organise quality training courses on a basic level.
The main ‘products’ of this project will be training material for an innovative training course in veteran tree management and a ‘Train the trainers’ package. The training material will be freely available for all trainers throughout Europe and they will be supported with online training tools and mentoring.
The general objective of this project is to spread innovative training techniques, mainly developed in the UK, to all the stakeholders in veteran tree management who expressed a need for knowledge and skills. To date training initiatives have been set up, but they remain scarce and scattered. This project aims at boosting the quality and quantity of vocational education and training in veteran tree management throughout Europe and at 'short circuiting' the learning process in all partner countries, without repeating mistakes and unnecessarily losing veteran trees. We are not aiming directly at the end-users of veteran tree management training, but potential trainers. By training these and by providing them with free quality training material that sets a European ‘standard’ in veteran tree management, they will be able to independently organise training courses on a basic level.
The consortium consists of an array of organisations linked to veteran tree management or arboricultural training: the NGO Ancient Tree Forum is the European centre of expertise in veteran tree management and has developed the bulk of the innovative training. These have been put to practice by Amigos de los Arboles Viejos in northern Spain and by the research and consultancy firm Pro Natura from Sweden. Inverde is Flanders’ lead training centre in nature conservation and Progresul Silvic is the main information exchange organisation in Romania and is managing two major nature conservation areas with thousands of veteran trees.
The main ‘products’ of this project will be training material for an innovative training course in veteran tree management (presentations, case studies etc.) and a ‘Train the trainers’ package for preparing trainers to independently organise the basic training course. The training material for the basic course is freely available for all trainers throughout Europe and they are supported with online training tools (videos, e-learning) and an online mentoring system where they are backed up by a European Veteran Tree Network.
The direct impact of this project will be the training of specialist trainers throughout Europe. The results will be further cascaded out to key stakeholders in veteran tree management so they have easy access to basic veteran tree management training. The potential end users of the basic training course are estimated to be between 5.000 and 20.000 persons per partner country (and more in the rest of Europe).
Description During the first months of the project, a survey of all the available sources of information has been put together (existing course material, books, pictures, ...) Based on that information the training material for a 1 day basic workshop in veteran tree management has been developed. This workshop has been tested and reviewed during VETree pilot workshops in Belgium and in Romania (and other informal pilot workshops). The training material for the basic workshop has been further elaborated into course material for a 3-day 'Train the trainers' workshop, which was tested in 3 countries (UK, Sweden and Spain) in 2014. Paralell to that process, tutorial video's in all languages have been made, which can be watched online or downloaded for offline (training) use. The e-learning module to disseminate these has been integrated in the VETree website.
Open and distance learning
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material for open learning
open and distance learning
Product information The products of the project are mainly training material in different formats and on different levels (presentations, picture slideshows, case studies, videos, quizzes, handbook, ...) All of these are available in all partner languages and can be downloaded from the project website www.vetree.eu