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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. These start in September and carry on throughout the winter. We now run craft courses during the summer months.

Woodland Skills Course - a unique woodland management course.
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We are interviewing students for next Octobers (2020) course now. If you are keen to investigate the possibility of taking a place, please contact us to arrange a visit to help you decide if the course is for you.

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Especially relevant for people interested in a career in woodland working, woodland owners and any one 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. See full course details here.

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

Take a look at a Student Blog from a student who attended the 6 month Woodland Skills course.

Did we say Life Changing? Here is a review from Sue Wakefield who completed the course in 2019.

"I have just completed the Coppicewood College course 2018/19. The course is set in a beautiful Coppicewood 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.


You can now make a donation towards our work by using the button below.

Coppicewood are on the move. As our current lease expires in June 2022 we have been looking for an alternative woodland to operate in and we are delighted to announce that we will be taking up residence on a 25 year lease in Pengelli woods an SSI woodland with a particular rare habitat for Dormice. Its great news but as part of the process we are building a new workshop which will cost around £40,000. We have already found £20,000 but we need to fund raise to reach the balance so any help you can provide by donating to us using the button above we would be most grateful.This will allow us to continue to provide our unique and valuable woodland management training well into the future.

Courses Coming Up

Make a Spoon Course with our David Hunter an amazing spoon carver has the following courses all priced at £80 including a veggy lunch.

Sat 28th March, 11th July, 22nd Aug, 19th Sept. Email to apply for a place.

What's involved in a Spoon Carving Course?

The spoon carving course will give you the perfect introduction to carving. You will learn how to use an axe, and a variety of knives safely and effectively.  We will start the day with a log and end the day with a spoon that you will be able to use in your kitchen forever.  Hopefully, it will be the first of many.  As well as carving technique we will discuss wood choice and sharpening.

What's included?

We will supply you with everything you need for a day of carving.  This includes top quality tools and all the wood you will need. A hearty homemade vegetarian lunch, tea/coffee and snacks will be provided.

There is one off special spoon carving fundraiser on Sat 20th June (all proceeds going towards the Coppicewood College building fund) with David in the Forest Garden at Moylegrove, participants will also get the royal tour of the garden with owner Bruce Slark, and catering for the whole day provided by Coppicewood's legendary chef Gill Davies. Suggested cost is £100 but you may want to give more! Covered workshop in case of rain.


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 Facebook 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.

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:

Coppicewood College is a Registered Charity in England and Wales 1107250