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Woodland Coppicing

6th March 2016 | Coberley, Gloucestershire
| £59
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
Course Description
 
On this one day course you will learn: the skills of coppicing and tree felling, what tools are needed and how to use them, why coppicing can benefit wildlife, about some of the specialist wildlife that benefits from coppicing, a bit of the history of woodland coppicing, how to identify and extract a range of coppice products and the potential uses for harvested coppice.
 
What is coppicing?
 
Woodland coppicing is the name given to 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 important that coppice woodlands are still managed due to the diverse range of wildlife that these woodlands support.
 
The Instructor: Simon Smith
 
Simon has over 27 years experience of managing woodlands for wildlife, including 20 years with BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers). He has also worked for Wildlife Trusts in Sussex and Wiltshire and is now employed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. Simon has been delivering training in woodland ecology, management and crafts since the late 1980’s.
 
 
What to Bring
 
For this course you will need strong footwear, plenty of warm clothes, waterproofs, gloves (optional), a packed lunch and a drink.
 
What we provide
 
All tools and equipment necessary for the course will be provided and the instructor will run through how each tool should be used during the course. Gloves are also provided. Parking and a toilet will be available on or near to the work site.

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