One to one tuition

I offer tuition in coppicing and traditional woodland managment for small groups

or individuals. A hot meal and drinks are provided in my covered camp kitchen.

Helping restore local woodland

The tuition I offer is an introduction to coppicing for people who have no experience of coppicing or for volunteers and others who have a little experience but would like to gain more knowledge.

They are a mixture of theory sessions which include tree identification but mainly practical sessions.

The day starts with a walk through the woods looking at various compartments that have been coppiced over the last twelve years, over-stood coppice, and some coniferous blocks. The benefits of coppicing, ring barking and the importance of glades and rides are shown. We look at the differences between native deciduous woodland and conifer habitats and learning tree ID.

Aspects covered during the day include planning the work area, looking at various devices, building work breaks and stacks.

A section of a coppice coupe is worked. This coupe is in rotation coppice, usually predominantly Ash. We work through the whole process from start to finish. The culmination of the process is a session on turning the coppice into a range of products such as Pea sticks, Bean poles, hedging stakes and binders. Working methods, material selection, processing, and storage are all covered on the course. There is a practical session on coppicing Hazel and how to stack and store Hazel products.

The tools used are traditional tools such as a Woodman's vice, side axe and Billhook as well as more modern tools such as bowsaws. The day can be tailored to suit individual needs

My tuition 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.

Please contact me for prices and availabliity.

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

My gift vouchers are an ideal present for christmas, a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion and a way to give your friend or loved one the chance to spend time in the woodland and learn more about the traditional craft of coppicing.

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All pictures have been taken by myself in woodlands that I have worked.

Course feedback

Superb course, very informative and enjoyable.
I know know my Spindle from my Dogwood and can spot a Field Maple at 20 paces.
Your tips regarding Bristol Design, etc were also very much appreciated (as was the food).

Informative, friendly and much enjoyed. Thank you Phil.

Good value, covered all aspects of coppicing, friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Thanks for the very useful points for tool suppliers, etc. Very useful, very informative, and a very nice atmoshere- Thanks very much.