ABOUT THE COURSE
This course will give you practical, hands on experience in the traditional art of coppicing. You will work on a section of hazel woodland here at the Sustainability Centre which is being coppiced as part of a wider woodland management plan to undertake conservation work on site. Working in pairs using traditional hand tools such as billhooks and bow saws, you will cut the stools and drift the rods, layering in order allow new plants and habitats for form. The course will focus on coppicing for conservation and will cover the use of coppice products including charcoal, hedging stakes and binders, and thatching spars.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE PARTICIPANTS
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
No experience is necessary but due to the specific nature of the course, it will appeal to experienced woodland owners, professionals and beginners alike.
WHAT TO BRING
Sturdy footwear (e.g. walking boots), working clothes, including thick trousers, work gloves, hat and a wax jacket if you have one.
All tools will be provided but if you have them and would like to use them, please bring along your own safety goggles, a bowsaw, a pair of loppers, and a billhook.
A packed lunch or lunch can be purchased from the onsite, Beech Cafe.
Refreshments will be available.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Les Brannon is an experienced teacher and woodsman. He has been coppicing hazel and sweet chestnut for nearly 15 years and makes a wide range of coppice products for sale to the public. He is also an experienced instructor in coppicing and is passionate about sharing his skills.
"Les was a professional, full of useful and interesting information. "
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