Spanning Mid and West Wales, the LEAF project was designed by Tir Coed to create opportunities for a wide range of people to access well-being woodland activities, woodland skills training courses, week long intensive training in sector specific activities, mentoring, work placements and support for fledgling enterprises.

LEAF aims to enable deep rooted change in each participant’s life, offering bespoke progression that works with the skills and aspirations of the individual, empowering them to help themselves to become independent.

The LEAF project was piloted in Ceredigion and included:

  • 10 x Bespoke Outreach Activities: these enabled all within the community who may not have otherwise visited their local woodlands to benefit from access to the natural environment, and to gain a new appreciation of the natural world.
  • 2 x Introductory training courses: these were three month courses where participants could gain Agored Cymru accreditation (level 1-2).
  • 2 x Focused progression opportunities: these were in the form of five-day intensive training courses, offering experiences in different woodland career strands, for those wishing to progress from the introductory training courses.

The following strand was run in Ceredigion:

  • Mechanised Forestry(developed and delivered in partnership with MWMAC Ltd)

Guided support was also provided for LEAF trainees leaving the LEAF introductory training courses and intensive training weeks, supporting them in gaining further experience and skills.