About the Course
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 native deciduous woodland trees.
Aspects covered on the course include planning the work area, looking at various devices, building work breaks and coppice restoration, working methods, practical coppicing, material selection, processing, and storage.
This course will show you how to take neglected woodland and transform it into a productive coppice with wildlife benefits. We will demonstrate how to cut a coppice plot safely with appropriate hand tools and you will learn to know different trees and understand their value.
Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9:30am start
Depart: 4pm, although this is approximate.
Directions: Please look at the map featured on the website.
What to bring: work clothes, pen and notebook, packed lunch
Let us know: if you have any special needs
Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee)
No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course
All adult courses are open to 16 years old and over.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All timber and tool use is included.
Refreshments and biscuits throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch.
The coppicing course on Sunday 23rd September 9.30-4pm at Ecclesall Woods looked too good to miss so I promptly emailed the co-ordinator Fay Kenyon who booked me on the course.
It was fascinating! There were only three participants and under Dave’s expert and patient tuition, ably assisted by Peter who is a volunteer, we learnt about the ancient craft of coppicing trees including hazel, ash, oak, and sweet chestnut. We were introduced to the history and principles of “coppicing with standards” which gives a sustainable timber crop for construction and furniture making. The uses for different species of trees was explained. After the efficient and safe use of different tools was demonstrated, we practiced coppicing hazel and were shown other aspects of woodland management and woodcraft. Everyone could have a go; after the gales and downpours last week the day turned out fine which couldn’t have been better for working in the woods on a sunny autumn day.
I doubt if I have spent a more productive Sunday for a long time and consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to take part. Perhaps it was a shame it wasn’t better attended but we all enjoyed the experience. I can certainly recommend it and would encourage anyone to take a look at the website http://www.ecclesallwoodscraftcourses.co.uk/ which lists the variety of courses run at the JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods.
Stephen Ward - - #17071
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