Courses calendar

27 January   Introduction to Chainsaw Use

NOW FULL This is a practical hands-on 1 day course designed for woodland owners and home owners who use a chainsaw on their own land. The course will provide tips,…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £140
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3–4 February   Introduction to Hedge Laying

This is a 2 day practical course covering all aspects of hedge laying including: Identify different hedge laying styles Identify suitable hedge species Undertake the different stages of hedge laying,…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £160
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3 February   Tree Planting & Establishment

This is a 1 day course to learn the techniques for planting and establishing trees for large and small planting schemes. The course will help you identify suitable tree species…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £75
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17 February   Tree Felling to Aid Timber Extraction

How to fell and present trees to aid motor manual timber extraction. Presenting timber correctly can significantly reduce timber extraction costs. The course will teach you how and where to…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £85
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3 March   Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning

Great opportunity to spend a day with a master pole lathe turner to learn the basic principles and techniques to get you started You will learn: Tool selection Wood selection…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £85.00
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9 March   Emergency First Aid at Work & Forestry

The Emergency First Aid at Work & Forestry is a one-day course that covers the National Emergency First Aid at Work Syllabus. It also goes on to cover the criteria listed by…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £75
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17 March   Timber Extraction

The course will cover a range of different timber extraction techniques and the associated equipment to help establish the most effective extraction methods to suit different woodland scenarios, budgets and…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £120
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24–25 March   Bentwood Chairs

You will make an amazing Bentwood chair to be proud of. You will construct a chair frame and bend and shape hazel rods to suit your own style and specification.…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £180
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31 March   Spoon Carving

            (NOW FULL) Spoon carving is a great way to start whittling and to learn about the properties of wood. Each spoon is completely unique…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £80
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7–8 April   Shave Horse

Learn how to make your own Shave horse in the traditional English Bodgers style. The shave horse will be made to suit your size and comfort and will allow you…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £180
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7–8 April   Basket Making

The course is a great opportunity to spend time with a professional basket maker and is tailored to suit a range of abilities for beginners, intermediates and experienced improvers.  Rachel…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £140
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7 April   Knife Making

Learn the skills of the blacksmith and blade smith and make your own knife. You will learn to: use the forge anvil and hammer able to identify the temperature of…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £140
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14–15 April   Timber Measuring

The course is designed to provide woodland owners, managers, agents and contractors the ability to calculate accurately timber volumes in standing trees, woodland compartments and road side stacks. You will learn:…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £160
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21–22 April   OCN level 3 Introduction to Woodland Management

NOW FULL Completely redesigned in line with new Forestry Commission Guidelines, this two day course will give you the background knowledge to enable you manage your woodland sustainably. You will…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £180
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21 April   Willow Hurdles

              You will make a woven willow panel using hazel zales and willow weavers following a traditional Somerset pattern. The woven panels make attractive garden screens…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £85.00
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21 April   Introduction to Chainsaw Use

FULL This is a practical hands-on 1 day course designed for woodland owners and home owners who use a chainsaw on their own land. The course will provide tips, advice…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £140
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22 April   Framed Hurdles

  Learn how to make a simple framed hurdle using ash or chestnut frame and hazel weavers. Framed hurdles make attractive screens for wheelie bins and compost areas. These hurdles can…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £80
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27–29 April   Introduction to Woodland Ecology

This course is designed to provide an understanding of woodland ecology to support woodland management decisions. The course will include: principles of ecology Identifying woodland vegetation types and associated key…
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Course duration - 3 day
Course cost - £210
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5 May   Milking Stool

Using a single log you will make a simple traditional 3 legged stool with a shaped solid seat designed to meet your own style and specification. You will split, carve…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £75.00
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5 May   Squirrel Management

The course will provide an in-depth understanding on the squirrel’s life cycle, behaviour and preferred habitat to aid effective management. The course will balance a healthy respect of this fascinating animal…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £80
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12 May   Identifying Woodland Plant Species

This is a one day course held when many  British woodlands are looking at their best and many species are flowering. You will learn how to identify woodland tree, shrub…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £75
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18–20 May   Rustic Chairs

Create your own beautiful and uniquely crafted rustic chair. You will learn: How to select the appropriate material to make a chair from coppiced hazel and other small diameter greenwood.…
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Course duration - 3 day
Course cost - £240
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8–10 June   OCN Level 3 Sustainable Woodland Management

A course designed for woodland owners and managers who want to manage their woodlands to balance wildlife, economic and social benefits. You will learn: Understanding the true meaning of sustainability…
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Course duration - 3 days
Course cost - £240.00
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23 June   Shrink Pots

  This is a great introduction to greenwood carving and whittling. Using simple techniques and tools you will learn how to carve a drinking cup or pot using one piece…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £75
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6 July   Emergency First Aid at Work & Forestry

The Emergency First Aid at Work & Forestry is a one-day course that covers the National Emergency First Aid at Work Syllabus. It also goes on to cover the criteria listed…
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Course duration - 1 day
Course cost - £75
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24–26 August   Coracle Making

  Build an Ironbridge style coracle using simple tools and techniques to suit all levels of experience and ability. The coracle has been around for thousands of years, evolving as…
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Course duration - 3 day
Course cost - £350.00
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5–7 October   Make and Use A Touch-Wood Pole Lathe

Many people will now be familiar with the pole lathe through revival of the craft in recent years. Broadly speaking there are two types: • the spindle lathe (bodgers lathe)…
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Course duration - 3 day
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20–21 October   Introduction to Hedgelaying

This is a 2 day practical course covering all aspects of hedge laying including: Identify different hedge laying styles Identify suitable hedge species Undertake the different stages of hedge laying,…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £160.00
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3–4 November   Coppice Restoration

  This is a hands on practical course based within a coppice woodland on Wenlock Edge. All aspects for restoring a neglected and over stood coppice woodland will be covered including:…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £140.00
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10–11 November   Practical Woodland Management

This course will provide an introduction to the woodland tasks needed to manage a woodland. The course will provide the latest good practice guidelines along with top tips and techniques…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £140
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17–18 November   Introduction to Hedge Laying

This is a 2 day practical course with tutor Karl Liebscher covers all aspects of hedge laying including: Identify different hedge laying styles Identify suitable hedge species Undertake the different stages of…
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Course duration - 2 day
Course cost - £140.00
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