Woodland coppicing



Woodland coppicing

Woodland coppicing is the method of periodically harvesting small areas of woodland, traditionally for a wide array of products. If done correctly, it encourages the re-growth of trees and shrubs, and prolongs their lives. This ancient practice (dating back to 4,500 BC) was originally used to source timber for the production of items such as gate and wattle hurdles, wooden tools, furniture and charcoal. Although the demand for these types of items has now diminished, it is still important that coppice woodlands continue to be managed due to the diverse range of wildlife that these woodlands support.

On this one day course you will learn: the skills of coppicing and tree felling, what tools are needed and how to use them, how coppicing can benefit wildlife, about wildlife that benefits from coppicing, a little of the history of woodland coppicing, how to identify and extract a range of coppice products, and the potential uses for harvested coppice.

Essentials

  • Perfect for beginners, no experience necessary
  • 1 day course
  • £65 per person
  • Suitable for people aged 16 and over
  • The course is taught outside so please bring weather-appropriate clothing: warm clothing / layers, waterproofs, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, hat, and sun cream.
  • You will also need to bring a packed lunch and drinks.
  • All other tools and equipment will be provided.
  • Portaloos will be provided where toilet facilities are not available, with details provided in course joining instructions.
  • Parking will be available with further details provided in the joining instructions.