"Week in the woods"


Training and selection week

17-21 AUGUST 2015

Would you like to become a woodland worker. Spending you working day in native woodlands and learning about their management? Further training will include courses in Charcoal making, Willow weaving and other woodland crafts.

The week in the woods is also for anyone who has no experience of woodland management or for students who are interested in traditional woodlands and their management and are considering this as a potential career path, and would like to gain more practical experience.

It is an introduction to coppicing and all aspects of traditional woodland management. The courses are based around my woodland workshop where there is the opportunity to use my shaving horses and other equipment during the week.

The first day starts with a walk through the woods looking at various compartments that have been coppiced over the last ten years and the benefits of coppicing and the differences between native deciduous woodland and conifer plantations.

During the first two days practical tasks can include path and ride management and fence maintenance as well as surveying the ground flora and natural regeneration.

Planning the work area, looking at various devices and horses, building work breaks and coppice restoration are all covered on the course.

There is a session on Tree identification led by local naturalist, Dr Simon Roberts. There is a very large selection of trees being present in the wood, including Alder, Ash, Birch, Beech, Cherry, Elm, Oak, Hornbeam, Willow, Larch, Corsican Pine, Norway Spruce.

The understorey includes Field Maple, Hawthorn, Elder, Spindle, Hazel, Holly.

Working methods, practical coppicing, material selection, processing, and storage are usually covered during the last three days of the course.

Good quality sharp tools will be provided. A certificate and full course notes along with a tree identification guide are included in the course fee.

My woodland workshop has a camp fire, and camp kitchen where hot and cold drinks and a mid-day meal are supplied and a fire, cooking pots, frying pans and cooking utensils are provided for those who prefer to cook their own food. The only thing that participants need to bring is their food if they have any special dietary requirements.

The course is over five days.

The price is £280including all food

There are limited sibsidised places cost £150 for anyone taking part in the trainee selection process.

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My courses take place at Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, Alfrick, Worcestershire, which is a 100 acre privately owned woodland, 50 acres of which are a nature reserve, which has a patchwork of diverse habitat including many indicator species of ancient semi-natural woodland. It has both deciduous and various conifer species.

Camping is available in the wood for course participants on two day courses at a cost of £6 per night per person. There are also some excellent hotels and B&B'S locally. Please go the links page for local accommodation.

Click here to go to a googlemap of Ravenshill.

My gift vouchers are an ideal present for christmas, a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion and a way to give your friend or loved one the chance to spend time in the woodland and learn more about the traditional craft of coppicing.

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All pictures have been taken by myself in woodlands that I have worked.