Birch, Betula, Beithe, Bereza, Berke, Beth, Bouleau, The Goddess Tree, Lady of the Woods... This one day course is all about the humble Birch tree. It is a tree steeped in myth, in folklore and more recently in science. From North America to Asia, across the whole of Europe & the British Isles, this tree has been used since pre-history for innumerable things. I’ve a long standing passion and fascination for this tree. For its natural and social history, and particularly its myriad uses and the gifts it provides. We’ll discover the ancient practice of creating Birch Tar, along with its incredible properties and uses. We’ll learn to tap the tree and drink its sap. We’ll discover and use the many objects which can be made from the tree, as well as learn about its medicinal properties and how the chemicals within it, as well as fungi which grow on it, are currently being studied by science to potentially prove many of the old myths and tales true.. We will… Create our own Birch Tar Tap the tree & collect sap* Create a ‘wild’ first aid kit Gather leaves, buds & twigs for tea Learn why Birch could be called ‘the fire tree’ See the numerous things which can be made from its bark and wood The day will involve practical elements, as well as talks, walks and opportunities to see first hand the many objects which can be made from this tree. All students will take home some Birch Tar they’ve made, as well as Birch Soap, Birch Oil, Birch Tea and their very own 'Wild' First Aid Kit. * Sap collection is only possible in Spring, and even then varies dramatically with the weather on the day... fingers crossed! Pease read the information below carefully before booking. Location - Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre & Thorncombe Wood - DT2 8QJ Courses run from 10am - 4pm

What's included in the price?

All tools, materials, knowledge and hopefully a few laughs. Please Bring Your Own Lunch.


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



Fazey Woodcraft

with Craft Courses since 2017

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Following an apprenticeship with the renowned woodsman Ben Law in 2012, Jack began a life of teaching & crafting things the old fashioned way. Bushcraft, Swedish carving techniques, green woodworking & ancient crafts. Jack's passion for these subjects is limitless & he enjoys nothing more than passing the knowledge and skills he has gained over years of learning onto others. Join Fazey Woodcraft for a workshop. You won't be disappointed.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Father's Day
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Romantic
  • Christmas
  • Tutor can travel
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
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Hardys Birthplace & Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton, DORCHESTER, Dorset, DT2 8QJ