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Woodland Coppicing in the Cotswolds

On this activity you and your team will help to restore an area of previously neglected coppice woodland in order to improve the habitat for local wildlife. Using hand tools and working as a team your group will select and fell small trees and excess vegetation in order to increase the level of sunlight reaching the woodland floor.
As well as making a real contribution to the local environment you and your team 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 and 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.
Simon Smith 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.
Activity details
Locations available: various (across the Cotswolds)
Dates available: October - March
Group size: 8 - 50
Half-day course = £35 per person
1 day course = £59 per person
A minimum of 8 people are required for this course
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. Parking and a toilet will be available on or near to the work site.
For all activities we can provide a variety of catering options to suit to your needs and that of your team.
Contact us
For further information please contact our Rural Skills and Grants Officer, Ed Bonn on 01451 862032 or email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk