Surrounded by the Cheshire countryside and with the River Weaver flowing through our fields, Reaseheath’s rural situation is ideal for you if you want to learn and train in environment management and conservation. Our 300 hectare college estate provides a wealth of opportunities for practical habitat management and our Countryside Department has close links with many nearby estates and rural organisations.
Our countryside lecturers and tutors have worked in industry for organisations such as private landowners and contractors, the County Council Ranger services, the National Trust and the National Parks. This means they have a wealth of relevant industrial experience, ensuring that our courses continually make the link between theory and the real world.
Reaseheath was the first college in the country to introduce a Conservation Plan for its estate and is currently in the second phase of a long term Environmental Stewardship Agreement.
Our national reputation as a leading provider of countryside management programmes has led to a number of national organisations working with us for their training needs. As a result, 92% of our countryside students progress to employment or onto other courses of study.
Higher Education Courses
Despite a varied career path, Steve has never lost his enthusiasm for the countryside.
After 16 years in the motor trade and previous jobs as a printer and furniture maker, he’s aiming for his dream career and has come to college to gain relevant experience and qualifications.
He’s done crucial work placements with the National Trust and with Cheshire East Council and volunteered with conservation groups to increase his chance of employment.
“I wanted to do this course 20 years ago and I’m so glad I got the chance again,” says Steve.
A trainee tree surgeon, Jon wants to climb to the top of his profession and he’s already planned his route.
Equally at home in a tree canopy or in front of a microscope, he plans to gain experience in Britain before seeing what the major industries in Canada or New Zealand have to offer. Eventually he’d like to become a tree surveyor or to go into management or research.
Progressing onto our part-time Level 4 Certificate in Arboriculture, Jon says: “Forestry is a good industry because trees always need attention.”