Welcome

Coppicewood College promotes, supports sustainable woodland management and runs courses using traditional methods and tools. These affordable courses cover all aspects of coppice practice, hedgelaying and coppice craft in our own woodland in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Coppicewood College provides training in woodland based traditional rural skills and related crafts. Now is the time to consider the opportunity of planning to come on one of our established short courses or our part time 6 month Woodland Skills Course (see below) . These start in September and carry on throughout the winter. Though we do now run craft courses during the summer months.


Woodland Skills Course: a unique woodland management course

Especially relevant for people interested in a career in woodland working,woodland owners and anyone wanting to understand how coppicing can contribute to a reduction in CO2  and assist the UK in reaching its climate targets.

A 6 month, structured comprehensive, sustainable woodland management course leading to potential employment opportunities in rural areas.

We are interviewing students for next Octobers (2019) course now. If you are keen to investigate the possibility of taking a place contact us  to arrange a visit,to help you decide if the course is for you.

Contact Bruce now at info@coppicewoodcollege.co.uk   

Enquire now to be assured of your place on this life changing course.

Did we say Life Changing? Here is a review from Sue Wakefield who has just completed the current course.

Review of Coppicewood College course 2019

I have just completed the Coppicewood College course 2018/19.  The course is set in a beautiful coppice wood with a huge array of tools, sharpening stones, indoor and outdoor pole lathes, saw horses, and shave horses.  Bird song filled the air and fires roared as we learned.  We worked according to the weather and each day was new and interesting. As a 57 year old female, my confidence has increased hugely from never having coppiced before, or made charcoal, gates, benches, shave horses, saw horses, spoons, laid hedges, to being fully confident in giving it a go all on my own.  The tutors, Nick, Claire and Dave are genuinely interested, expert, supportive, patient, careful, encouraging and fun.  I found this course to be a complete one off and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to attend it. I recommend anyone who might be considering booking a place to snap it up.  The experience will last a lifetime.

Check out the short film below made by one of our students on a previous course.


Volunteer days  for June

Wed  TBA

Please contact Bruce on 01239881394 or info@coppicewoodcollege.co.uk if you would like to join us.


Short Courses coming up in 2019, full details on Short Courses page.

Stool making 4 days from TBA: £240

Natural Dyeing Using Woodland plants.  Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd June £120

Guided tour of working woodland Sat 25th May 10:00 till 1:00 £10 See below, Children with an adult go free.


If you have a particular interest such as pole lathe turning, spoon carving or craft please let us know so we can let you know when we have a course to suit you.


The Chairman's Guided Tour and Green Woodworking Experience

As the name implies our Chair, Bruce Slark will host the tour. Demonstrating the benefits of our management techniques and a show and tell featuring the tools and work-pieces built and used by our students from probably the best traditional hand tool collection in the UK. The tour and experience will run  from 10:00 till 1:00. 

Bespoke tours for groups. Please contact us to discuss (details under volunteer days) your requirements. Ideal for garden clubs etc.


Membership

Want to support our work? Our members do this  by contributing financially, enabling us to continue our mission of educating people who want to acquire skills to enable them to gain employment in rural areas, bringing neglected woodlands back into use. There is the added bonus of getting a 5% discount off all our short courses and of being invited to our Annual General Meeting  for a real woodland experience, a celebration of our year and a tour of our woodland with a lovely lunch to boot.

Annual membership minimum donation £12

Life membership minimum donation  £60 

Please go to our members page for details of how to join


Open Days at our Woodland. For all prospective Students and Volunteers (all courses and all levels of interest) you are welcome to visit us on our Volunteer days which will be listed above. Instructors will be available to answer any questions you may have and they will be happy to show you around the woodland. You can also speak to one of our Trustees who will tell you about the College, its aims and objectives.

Double check we will be open by phoning Bruce on 01239 881394 or see our FB page.

While you are visiting, you will be most welcome to join in the volunteer activities. Please bring your lunch so you can join us for good conversation around the Kelly kettle.

Click here for detailed directions.

Watch this great film made by one of our students on a previous "Woodland Skills Course" with some super background music. If this inspires then get in touch soon and be sure of your place on next Octobers course.

Do you have a group that would like to spend a day or even a half day in the woods with our Volunteers. Watch this film to see the kind of activities we organised for Pembrokeshire College in their" Make a Difference day". Its a fantastic and unique experience in a very special place.

Live locally and interested in volunteering?  charcoal making, faggott making, craft work, path clearance, an occasional visit from a horse-logger, supporting the College at events. Best of all fresh air communing with the natural world and enjoying good company so do come along and join us.


The college also educates its members and volunteers in developing their own skills, such as green woodworking, coppice practice and hedgelaying. It is the colleges practice to teach the use of hand tools such as axes, bow saws, draw knifes and billhooks. Wood is turned on a pole lathe. Students will also learn to make various work benches and working set ups.


Coppicewood College aims to address some of the wider global issues and challenges faced by all modern rural communities.

These global challenges include;

• sustainability
• young peoples involvement
• rural community development
• environmently friendly economic development.

We would like to thank the following organisations for their support: