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Coppicing and Charcoal Making Course

Coppicing and making charcoal were once used extensively all over the country to manage woodlands. These skills are now undergoing a revival as interest in sustainable woodland practices increases. Learn how to fell trees by hand, cleave wood using axes, wedges and froes, and how to make charcoal using a ring kiln. You'll also be given plenty of information on managing woodlands in general.


Course fees

Fees are £25.00 per day for DRST members and £35.00 for non-members.

Full course fee to be paid in advance when confirming booking on the web site.


Courses run from 9.15am (for a 9.30 start) until 4.30pm.

Booking & Enquiries

For enquiries and to check availability of places fill in the form on the page for the specific course or contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317.

Clothing and footwear

Steel toe capped boots, gloves and waterproof outdoor clothing are recommended on all courses, both for safety and comfort.


See the Course Tools & Equipment page for the tools required for our courses. Bring the items you can, the remainder can probably be shared on the day. The DRST has a supply of billhooks, bowsaws and lump hammers.


Lunch is not included. Please bring a packed lunch and a hot/cold drink.

Earlier Event: February 11
Seed Swap
Later Event: February 24
Hedge Steeping (Laying) Course