Retraining our troops in Farnley

Farnley Estates is providing the environment to help ex-service personnel train for a new career in arboriculture – the cultivation and management of trees.

The Estate has an agreement with TKF Training, a company that specialises in chainsaw and forestry training for individuals leaving or who have recently left, the Armed Services. While TKF has the training expertise, Farnley Estates provides the woodland for the practical aspects of the course.

“It’s a perfect match. TKF Training need trees that the trainees can learn and practice safe climbing, chainsaw and forestry skills. Meanwhile, as part of our woodland management there are dead and dying trees on the Estate that need felling,” said Paul Sykes, Managing Director.

“These individuals have put their life on the line for our country. It’s great that the Estate can provide a location where they can re-train and build a new career,” said Paul Sykes.

For Holmfirth-based TKF Training, having access to some of the Estate’s 400 acres of woodland gives them even more variety and flexibility within their training courses.

“We do have our own purpose-built training facilities set within woodland. Farnley Estates, however, allows us to add another dimension to our training, by offering greater diversity of trees and terrain,” says Jonny Ripley, TKF Training Business Development Manager.

As well as a highly professional and complex industry, arboriculture is physically demanding, which is why it suits physically-fit ex-service personnel. Access funding is also available to help individuals from the armed services with the cost of re-training. There’s more information available on access funding for re-training on the TKF website www.tkftraining.co.uk