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Woodland Coppicing **COURSE CANCELLED**

23rd February 2019 | Ullen Wood, 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 Instructors: Edward Bonn and Simon Smith
 
Edward and Simon both work for the Cotswolds Conservation Board. Edward will teach the coppicing element of the course and Simon will teach about the crafts that relate to coppicing, particularly hurdle making. The products obtained by coppicing can be used to make a wide range of items, and the craft skills used in doing so are a vital element of the overall coppicing process. The course will also cover the ecological significance of coppicing, and the wider coppice cycle underway at Ullen Wood, including the charcoal burning operation taking place at this site.
 
 
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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