Coppicing and woodland management workshops across the UK. The traditional woodland management skill of coppicing involves cutting trees back so that new shoots grow from the stump. Coppicing has been done since pre-history and the poles produced are often used in hurdle making, thatching and charcoal making. Coppicing can be practiced on hazel, ash, oak, chestnut, hornbeam, willow, and beech trees and woodlands. Learn how to coppice your trees to harvest young shoots, suckers or larger poles, as well as boost wildlife and vegetation by increasing light.
This course will introduce you to the skills needed, to take a neglected broad-leaf woodland and transform it into a productive coppice with wildlife benefits. Our tutors will demonstrate how to cut a coppice plot safely using appropriate hand tools. You will also learn to identify different tree species and understand their value. Coppicing is the sustainable way to get our needs from wood so join us and learn how.
Introduction to Woodland Coppicing - 9:30am – 4:00pm
This one day coppicing course is designed to introduce students to the specific skills and techniques covering basic theory, providing hands-on practical experience and a tree identification session.
The course begins with an introduction and basic health and safety followed by a walk through the woods looking at various compartments that have been coppiced over the years and the benefits of coppicing and the types of...
Join Andrew Brown-Jackson, a professional dry-stone waller and hedge layer, on this two day course at Creswell Crags.
Designed for those beginning the craft of hedge laying, Andrew will guide you through all steps with patience, allowing you to progress at your own pace with your own section of hedge.
If you already have the basics of hedge laying, and are looking to improve, Andrew will be able to assess and help you progress to...
This course will provide an introduction to the woodland tasks needed to manage a woodland. The course will provide the latest good practice guidelines along with top tips and techniques established over many years.
You will learn:
Tree selection and thinning – which tree to keep and the reasons why
High pruning to improve timber quality
Safe moving of timber and extraction
Dealing with brash
Intro to woodland hand felling
Learn how to fell small trees by hand and how to process them ready for use as firewood, craft material and brash. We will use traditional woodland tools such as a bowsaw, axe, felling lever and rope to fell the trees and a billhook, pruning saw and loppers to process the wood.
Trees need to be felled to keep the woodland in a healthy state and to allow other trees...