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Sustainable Woodland Management

February 22 @ 9:00 am - February 23 @ 4:00 pm

£20 – £95
sustainable woodland management training in north wales

Spend a whole weekend deep in the wild woods of North Wales. Learn how to manage woodlands sustainably, craft your own charcoal and discover traditional woodland skills.

This weekend course is ideal for anyone who has access to woodland (or dreams of owning one) and wants to learn the skills to manage it better, both for wildlife and for sustainable coppice products such as firewood, charcoal and greenwood crafts. You will be guided through the weekend by an experienced tutor, surrounded by the fantastic Aberduna nature reserve, set in the Clwydian Range (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
For Sunday lunch you’ll be sitting around the campfire to enjoy a home-made Welsh Cawl (traditional lamb stew) served with fresh crusty bread and a wedge of mature cheese. Good winter fuel for woodsy-people. Vegan option also available on request.

On This Course You Will Learn

  • Native tree identification
  • Traditional coppicing techniques
  • Ideas for craft projects using coppiced wood
  • How to use brash to improve woodlands for wildlife
  • How to make bean poles and pea sticks from hazel
  • How to make your own charcoal kiln
  • Loading, firing, sealing and unloading the kiln
  • How to make your own artists charcoal from willow
  • The history of coppicing & charcoal burning
  • How to use hand tools safely; axe, billhook & saw
This course is being run in partnership with North Wales Wildlife Trust who aim to increase biodiversity at the site, creating a mosaic of rich habitats for threatened plants and animals. The Trust’s Reserves Manager will be giving us a walking tour of the site to explain how the coppicing work is improving the habitat for wildlife and wildflowers.
Each day begins at 9am and finishes up at 4pm.

Who This Course Aimed At

  • Newcomers to traditional woodland skills
  • Owners of small woodlands or smallholdings
  • Wildlife enthusiasts who want to better understand how habitats are managed
  • Students of countryside management
  • Anyone who dreams of owning their own woods someday
This course is aimed at adults aged 18 or over. We can accept students as young as 16 years, but they must be accompanied by an adult.
make your own charcoal in north wales

Why Make Your Own Charcoal?

So much of the charcoal that is sold in our supermarkets and garage forecourts is imported from unsustainable, foreign sources and the crazy thing is that our own native, hardwood charcoal is so much better quality. There’s been a resurgence of interest in producing homegrown charcoal, which supports sustainable management of British woodlands. So, isn’t it time you joined the UK charcoal revival?
Charcoal has so many uses, not just cooking, but as a slug deterrent on your vegetable beds to the wonders of biochar for improving soil. We will show you how to make your own charcoal kiln for small-scale use, using recycled materials. Every participant will take away a bag of charcoal.
sustainable woodland management training in north wales

What is Coppicing?

The future of woodlands relies on effective management, just as a garden needs constant maintenance and care to thrive. Trees must be thinned to grow well and invasive species like bramble have to be managed so that they don’t dominate other plants.
So what is coppicing? Well it’s is an ancient form of woodland management, that involves repetitive felling of the same stump, near to ground level, and allowing the shoots to regrow from that main stump. Coppicing creates a variety of micro-habitats within a woodland which become homes for specialised wildlife such as dormice (above) and butterflies.

Coppicing also produces loads of useful timber products that are still used today. Woodlands that have a reason to be managed, perhaps for timber, firewood, access or green woodworking, are more likely to receive care and attention long into their future, and indeed those woodlands that we have today have survived precisely because they have had an economic value to the local community, “the wood that pays is the wood that stays.”


About Your Tutor

james kendall. bushcraft instructor in north wales

James Kendall is Bushcraft Instructor and Social Forester. He has been working in environmental conservation for over 10 years now. He received the Bushcraft Competency Certifiate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of real experience and practical study. He was also the Project Manager for Long Wood Community Woodland, the largest community owned woodland in Wales, overseeing management of 300 acres (120ha) of broadleaf and conifer forest. He is a former Director of Llais y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales.

James has always had an affinity with woodland habitats, being at home amoungst the trees, and he has made it his mission to study under some of the UK leaders in bushcraft, greenwood crafts and sustainable woodland management including; Dave Watson (Woodland Survival Crafts), Ben Law (woodsman, author and eco-builder) Patrick Whitefield (permaculture teacher and author) and Mike Abbott (author and greenwood craftsman).



Tickets are £95 per adult for the weekend, which includes your cooked lunch on Sunday.

If you can’t afford the full amount right away but want to secure your place then you can purchase a Deposit Ticket for just £20. We can sort out paying the remaining balance at a later date nearer the course.

We are offering a 10% discount available to IOL (Institute for Outdoor Learning) members.

If you are coming from far afield and want recommendations for local accommodation, we can help.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more. Phone James, 07876 794 098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available at the bottom of this page.




February 22 @ 9:00 am
February 23 @ 4:00 pm
£20 – £95
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Aberduna Nature Reserve
Maeshafn, Denbighshire CH7 5LD United Kingdom
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Who's Attending

4 people are attending Sustainable Woodland Management

  • Allison Ingman
  • Suzy Cumming
  • Euron Thomas
  • Rhiannon Thomson


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