Two Week Intensive Grounds Course (TWIG)

Two Week Course

This is a two week intensive course that will give you the necessary skills to begin a career in woodland management / grounds maintenance. On successfully completing the course you will be trained to industry standards in chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting and manually fed woodchipper and safe use of brush cutters and trimmers.

The course will be complimented with a City and Guilds Level 1 Practical Horticultural Skills certificate. 

All students will be required to have their own Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment but all chainsaws and tools will be provided.


  • NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting
  • NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Manually Fed Wood Chippers
  • NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Safe Use of Brushcutters & Trimmers
  • City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills

Please do not delay your booking, apply now to guarantee your place.

Course details

Dates & Location

Please select your preferred date to apply:

3rd April 2023 (Monday) - 14th April 2023 (Friday) (Not inc Bank Holidays on 7th & 10th April)

17th April, 2023 (Monday) - 28th April, 2023 (Friday)

If you are unable to attend any of the dates then please register your interest and you will be notified when we release new dates 

Lewes Campus - Plumpton College

10:00 – 15:00



2 weeks 


This course could be FREE.  

If you are unemployed and in receipt of state benefits or working and your income is under £18,525 you could be entitled to financial support towards the course fees or even study for free.

Total Fee £750.00

(Tuition fee £300 - fee remission can be applied.  Mandatory Assessment fee £450)

Entry Requirements

  • Must be 19+


We’re pretty proud of our facilities here at Plumpton. In fact in the land-based sector, we’ve got some of the leading college facilities in the UK – the perfect natural location for our forestry and arboriculture courses for you to develop your skills.

  • Discover the latest equipment for your course

You’ll work on various equipment such as tractors, a wood miser saw mill plus a range of wood chippers.

  • Extensive grounds for you to develop your skills

You’ll need to be able to work in a variety of locations, build your knowledge by discovering our farmed land, hedgerows and streams.

  • Experience our fantastic modern facilities

You’ll be able to gain practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector thanks to our links with local land owners and estates.

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