Course Provider: Assington Mill
Contact Name: Anne Holden
Telephone: 01787 229955
Course Length: One day (9-4)
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Chainsawing For Amateurs
Tutor: Neil Reekie
Does someone in your family own and use a chainsaw? Has s/he had any proper training? If not, s/he really needs some to avoid a serious injury.
Get ready for all the summer work: maintenance of the chainsaw, cutting firewood, removing fallen or dead trees and felling unwanted trees etc. Your tutor is Neil Reekie, who runs his own tree surgery business and is one of the local assessors for those who use chainsaws professionally. Click on his name above to see more about him. He will guide you through maintenance, sharpening and the proper use of this dangerous tool.
The one-day course is designed for amateurs who either already own a chainsaw or who are thinking of buying one. Certificates will not be given.
You will not be able to use your chainsaw on trees personally on the course (too difficult to supervise; lack of protective clothing, health and safety etc.) but you will be able to watch Neil demonstrate the various techniques during the day. You can find chainsaw courses for professionals on the internet, but they will cost a lot more.
Maintaining a chain saw: cleaning, lubrication etc.
Techniques for felling trees - demonstration by Neil
Safety equipment and clothing
What to Bring
A chainsaw if you have one (not absolutely necessary - you can borrow one)
The manual that came with it
Any safety gear you already possess, especially ear defenders for when you are watching the tutor using a chainsaw
Helmets & ear defenders
Work boots, steel capped if you have them, or wellies for walking in woods
Extremely warm and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves, for watching Neil felling trees
Pen and notepad (essential)
Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.
We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.
Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.
Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.
To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.
What's included in the price?
A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.
For more information about accommodation and food please see above.
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