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Training Courses

Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm

Available courses:

  • Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm

    29th Mar 2022
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  • Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm

    23rd Aug 2022
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We can run this as a Lantra Awards Benchmark Assessment course with integrated assessment or can run a training course followed by a City & Guilds assessment.

Course content:

Safety on site, PPE and Industry Best Practice Felling, takedown, snedding and crosscutting techniques, and presentation of produce for trees up to 2 times guidebar length and not greater than 760mm in diameter. Use of felling and timber handling aid tools.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a worksite.
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required.
  • Assess the trees to be felled for hazards and risks.
  • Fell trees that have a diameter greater than the effective cutting length of the guidebar, but not twice the guidebar length. Guidebar length not greater than 380mm/15”.
  • Assess a leaning tree and the safest method of felling.
  • Make accurate felling cuts in the correct positions.
  • Delimb felled trees in a safe and methodical manner.
  • Crosscut timber accurately to required lengths.
  • Assess and explain the term ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber.
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guidebar.
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner.
  • Assess a hung-up tree and the safest method of takedown.
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective takedown and check on the safety of takedown tools including hand winches.
  • Make accurate severing cuts in the correct positions.
  • Select and use hand tools safely.
  • Take down hung-up trees using a hand winch to a safe and stable position
  • State all unsafe prceedures which must not be adopted


Units 201, 202, 203 (CS 30 and 31) Some experience of winching would be an advantage.

First Aid training is also an essential part of your preparation to use chainsaws, so please look into this if you do not currently hold a relevant qualification. We are pleased to now offer an Emergency Outdoor First Aid at Work course. Ian has a wealth of first aid and trauma experience. Following discussions with him, he has created a more bespoke course for the industry – although all the skills are covered (including catastrophic bleeds and trauma), the scenarios and accidents discussed are tailored to the forestry and arb industry. The total fee is £160/ +F £190.

What did other people think about this course?

Excellent practical demonstrations with new felling techniques taught. Educational & fun, well organised. Working forestry site with actual objectives. Positive attitudes & teamwork.

I enjoyed the course a lot. There wasn't a huge amount of time spent on paperwork - we just got on with the felling and processing straight away. The advantages of integrated assessment! I know feel that I have a good understanding of the problems involved and ways to overcome those problems.  


Hire kit

We have a full range of hire PPE (Person Protective Equipment), Chainsaws, maintenance tools and small felling tools if required, and links with local suppliers to help you get the right kit at the best price. Please let us know at the time of booking, if you would like to hire any kit.