Coppice Crafts

About the course

Learn about traditional ways of turning trees into useful products. Try your hand at cutting down trees, producing charcoal, making a birch broom, a willow hurdle, and have a go on the pole lathe. There will also be a chance to walk round the College’s wildlife woodland conservation area.

The course aims to cover:

  • Safe and effective use of a variety of edged tools
  • The history and ecology of coppiced woodland management
  • Safe tree felling methods
  • A chance to make a birch bessom, a wooden mallet, a hurdle and willow charcoal using coppiced stems
  • The use of a draw knife, froe, shave horse and pole lathe

This is an outdoor course so clothing, boots and waterproofs will be needed. Bring a packed lunch.

Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings
Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings

Countryside Studies

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.