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Coppicing courses

Our 2 day coppicing courses have won the prestigious Best Woodland Course Award in the 2017 Woodland awards.

10 - 11 NOV 2018 Two day coppicing course.FULLY BOOKED



Interested in spending time in native woodlands and learning about their management. Then why not spend a magical weekend in a wonderful Worcestershire woodland.

1 or 2 day coppicing courses, covering basic theory, providing hands-on practical experience and a tree identification session. The sessions are set in an Ancient Forest Woodland Reserve, near Malvern, Worcestershire. With lunch over an open fire!.


The two day coppicing courses I run are an introduction to coppicing. They are a mixture of theory and practical sessions which include tree identification.

The training courses start with a walk through the woods looking at various compartments that have been coppiced over the last ten years and the benefits of coppicing and the differences between native deciduous woodland and conifer plantations.

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.

Good quality sharp tools will be provided. A certificate and full course notes along with a tree identification guide are included in the course fee.


This course is a must for all those starting out in their woods and those that want to learn how to look after their woods, to manage and maintain it, skillfully, while ensuring the wildlife in your woodland is cared for too. The course was full, that says something straight away, but with just 6 attendees, we found that we were able to learn skills without being left alone in the crowds! We started with a walk around some of the 50 Acres of Woodland at Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, identifying trees, with a few good tips on identifying trees in Winter!
And to the business of coppicing - we learnt how to choose a site to coppice, we learnt about compartments and coupes and coppice rotation and how to arrange stacks of produce such as pea sticks / bean poles / steaks/ hedge posts, the list is endless - we built the stacks which then gave us ample opportunity to learn the species and stack them into piles of hazel / ash / oak or whatever. Phil supplied all the tools and I had great fun with the Froe splitting posts. We coppiced complete stools and created windrows for insects and birds.
The hazel we hadn't coppiced, was then layered to create more stools throughout the compartment that were looking a little bare. We made pegs to hold the layered hazel in place and then selected hawthorn to protect the growth.
We had a great time and have come away from the course with a re-kindled enthusiasm to get coppicing on our own woodland. I have come away looking at coppiced wood in a totally new light, I understand why you coppice, the gains financially (if that's what your interested in) and certainly for me the gains to your woodland and the habitat therein.
We had lunch, cooked by Rae Wood - Hot piping soup and pheasant casserole - all tea and biscuits and fruit included in the price and Rae even gave me some private tuition on traditional Split Peg making using a willow Kosht.
We met Nelson the Tawny Owl - he had been rescued and lives on site.
You can stay on site - we didn't camp as it was cold wet and storm Doris was still blowing. We did stay on site in our motorhome with the kind permission of the Woodland owners Trevor and Annette Smart.

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One to one tuition


I offer tuition in coppicing and traditional woodland managment for small groups or individuals. This can be from one day or up to three days. A hot meal and drinks are provided in my covered camp kitchen.

Please contact me for prices and availabliity.

A 10% reduction is available to Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, Worcester Wildlife Trust and Malvern Hills Conservators registered volunteers.

My courses take place at Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, Alfrick, Worcestershire, which is a 50 acre privately owned nature reserve, which has a patchwork of diverse habitat including many indicator species of ancient semi-natural woodland. It has both deciduous and various conifer species.

Camping is available in the wood for course participants on two day courses at a cost of £6 per night per person. There are also some excellent hotels and B&B'S locally. Please go the links page for local accommodation.

Click here to go to a googlemap of Ravenshill.