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 already for next Octobers (2016) course now. If you are keen to investigate the possibility of taking a place it will offer the opportunity to visit during the current course 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 Spring and Summer phase woodland work changes from coppice to craft,planting, path and building maintenance. Volunteers do this work every Wednesday and we make the jobs as varied as possible but most days we start with a charcoal burn.We do occasionally run some short courses during this time so watch this space for announcements.

Next Short Course


Thursday 16th June £45 plus materials

An introduction to natural dyeing using plants from the woods.  We start by collecting materials and take them to the workshop to dye various samples on yarn and fleece.  Explanations as you go along with notes to take away.  A relaxed day in the woods at a lovely time of year.

Please contact Susan direct to book at:sdmartin46@yahoo.co.uk

If you have a particular interest such as pole lathe turning 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


Why not get the inside track, become a member and get a discount on all our courses and invitation to 3 members only free events all for just £12, just click on the membership tag and sign up today.

NEW……. Life membership is on offer for just £60 apply as above for this real bargain.

Open Days at our Woodland. For all prospective Students and Volunteers (all courses and all levels of interest) you are welcome to visit us any Wednesday  between 10.00am and 4.00pm. 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. Right now volunteers are helping the Woodland Skills students with clearing the plot, making faggots and charcoal, its great fun so come on down and have a look.

While you are visiting, you will be most welcome to join in the volunteer activities.

Any questions? Feel free to call us before visiting on 01559 371668

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: