Woodland Skills (6 months – part time)

Course: Woodland Skills
Duration: 6 Months; starts October and runs through to the end of the following March including 4 weeks holiday to cover half terms and Christmas. There are 6 additional days (Mondays and Tuesdays) to include 3 four day courses to accentuate skills in coppicing, hedge laying and craft. Details are on our short courses page.
Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am till 4.00pm.
Location: Cwm Plysgog Woods, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire.

This is a unique opportunity for hands-on learning, which spans the entire coppice season. Not quite the apprenticeship of old but nevertheless a comprehensive insight into the traditional craft of coppice work. and will point students to potential employment opportunities in rural areas.

Who is the course aimed at?

  1. Anyone with an interest in traditional woodland skills using hand tools and who would like to earn all or part of their living working in a woodland environment
  2. Anyone interested in reducing their carbon footprint, preserving the natural environment and improving habitat
  3. Unemployed people and school leavers (Over 18) in rural areas looking for alternative employment opportunities./li>
  4. Woodland owners, farmers and their staff

What does the course cover?

The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage a coppice wood and by learning basic craft skills have the potential to gain a part of their income from woodland. Students will also learn how to lay a hedge which will offer other rural employment opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about and experience a variety of traditional skills, including:

  • Charcoal burning
  • Pole lathe turning
  • Gate making
  • Rustic furniture making
  • Hedgelaying.

This is a practical course and the student group will be expected to cut a coppice plot during their time at Cwm Plysgog. Students must be prepared to undertake physical, outdoor work during winter and provide their own steel toecap boots. A workshop/classroom with a wood burner is provided for break times and during very bad weather, where class based learning can be helpful. There is also a compost toilet.

For full details of the curriculum please contact us

How much will it cost me?

The full course fee is £2750.00. We are able to negotiate payment plans with students and occasionally we have some funds we can use to assist in some cases.

What qualifications can I achieve?

Due to the Unique nature of this course, the college has developed its own certification which is gaining prominence and becoming an accepted standard in the market.

What prospects will the course open up for me?

Opportunities will be mainly through Self Employment and/or cooperation with others. Woodland owners whether private, through a trust or part of a community group would be worth approaching.

Hedgelaying remains a skill still practiced and green wood work whether making furniture or progressing into timber frame building is increasingly sought after.

How do I apply?

Applications are welcome from anyone aged 18 and over.

Contact the college secretary via email, mail or by telephone to arrange a visit and informal interview with Instructors

The Secretary
Coppicewood College
Cefn Uchaf
SA44 5DT

01559 371668

Please pay a non returnable deposit of £250 on confirmation of your place, which will be deducted from the course fee

Want to discuss the course before committing?

Why not arrange to come on a Wednesday and meet the Instructors and the Trustees. You would also be welcome to join in the activities with our volunteers. Please note that over the last few years the course has been oversubscribed so if you are intending to investigate the possibility of a place this year then please get in touch now to avoid disappointment.

Ring now to enquire 01559 371668


There is plenty of local accommodation during the winter months.
We have local knowledge which may be of help, so do contact us first.