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

We are interviewing students for next Octobers (2017) course now. If you are keen to investigate the possibility of taking a place you have the opportunity to visit during the current course up until the end of March, where you can speak to the students as well as the Instructors. The earlier you are able to commit the sooner we can organise your payment scheme to help spread the cost. Contact Ian now at info@coppicewoodcollege.co.uk

Before you do that 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 last winter. We look forward to hearing from you. Remember this is a life changing course and will lead to the future you want for yourself. Exciting isn’t it !!!!

As we enter the Autumn/Winter phase woodland work presents the real management challenge of coppicing and felling Most of the work will be carried out by our new batch of 7 students under the watchful eye of our 3 Instructors. Our Volunteers support the students by assisting where necessary as well as taking on their own projects each Wednesday.

Next Short Course

Spoon Carving

Running for one day Sunday 26th March 20th 2017, with our guest Instructor David Hunter. Please contact him direct to book at:david.hunter2009@gmail.com

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.

To book your place on any of our courses please email Ian at info@coppicewoodcollege.co.uk

NEW FOR 2017 The Chairman’s Guided Tour

2 hour Guided Tours of our traditionally managed 11 acre woodland for groups now available. 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 costs just £50 for a maximum of 12 people. Ideal for garden clubs (tea and cakes can be arranged at extra cost, please ask)

To arrange your tour Contact Bruce at: bslark@aol.com 


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 01239881394 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: