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 some craft courses during the summer months.

Woodland Skills Course.

Especially relevant for people interested in a career in woodland working.

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

We are interviewing students for next Octobers (2018) course now. If you are keen to investigate the possibility of taking a place we are holding a series of open taster days where you will be able to talk to the current students and Instructors as well as join in some of the activities to help you decide if the course is for you.

Taster days will take place  on the following dates:
Wed the 9th May.
All days are from 10:00 till 4:00 please check for directions on our how to find us page.
Contact Bruce now at info@coppicewoodcollege.co.uk  to confirm. 

Please have a look at the students blog as it will give you a real flavour of the course contents and the woodland, just click the link on the right hand panel of this page. Check out the short film on this page made by one of our students on a previous course.

Volunteer days for May

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

Short Courses coming up

Spoon Carving Sat 12th May 10:00 till 4:00
Fee £70 details on our short course page

Natural Dyeing Using Woodland plants
2 days: Sat/Sun 23rd June 2018
Fee £120 including materials and hot drinks (Booking Essential)
Please contact tutor Susan Martin:  sdmartin 46@yahoo.co.uk  

New Course

Greenwood  Stool Making
This course is based on our Green Woodworking Course but focussed on producing a beautiful stool to take home.
Tues 17th September for 4 days Please go to short course page for details.

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.Alternatively to book your place on any of our courses please email Bruce at info@coppicewoodcollege.co.uk

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 2:00 till 6:00 with at least 2 hours making a simple item to take home. Cost is £30 per person

Following dates in April
Sat 22nd & 29th

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


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 most Wednesday's between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. 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 last seasons "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?  Summer work means 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: