Coppicing courses and 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 is a hands on practical course on woodland management.
We will look at restoring a neglected and over stood coppice woodland. The courses include preparation of the work area, tool use and care, coppice restoration, working methods, material selection, storage. We will be discussing -
Developing a coppice rotation
Felling and processing
Understanding stool density
layering and planting
Coppicing for economic and wildlife benefit
This one day coppicing course is an introduction...
Join us in our wood near Warminster and learn about the ancient rural craft of charcoal making.
Course dates are flexible and it runs on demand, can be run at weekends and through out the week.
The course will cover the following:
Saw and Split Wood
Unloading and loading the charcoal kiln
Light the charcoal kiln
Cap off the kiln
Control the burn
Shut the kiln down
Take home a bag of charcoal
Make your own traditional wooden rake to take home.
This course is a great opportunity to learn new skills in a beautiful Woodland setting
Discover how to cleave the wood with a froe and shape with a drawknife and shave horse.
Have a go at making rake tines using the tine cutter.
This course will be run at our site near Warminster. Maximum course size 6 candidates
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...
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...