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Course summary


  • Understanding of how to use the hand tools involved in coppicing
  • Have practical experience of coppicing
  • Have knowledge of the benefits of coppicing for our native plants and wildlife
  •  Have knowledge of the products to be gained from coppicing


No experience is necessary and due to the specific nature of the course, it will appeal to experienced woodland owners, professionals and beginners alike.


  • Sturdy footwear (e.g. walking boots), working clothes, including thick trousers, work gloves, hat and a wax jacket if you have one.
  • ​All tools will be provided but if you have them and would like to use them, please bring along your own safety goggles, a bowsaw, a pair of loppers, and a billhook.
  • A packed lunch or lunch can be purchased from the onsite, Beech Cafe.
Phil Clayton has been involved in coppicing now for several years, primarily hazel and sweet chestnut, and is a member of the Hampshire Coppice Craftsmen Group.
Apprentice teachers
No apprentice teacher places available on this course
This course will give you practical, hands on experience in the traditional art of coppicing.  You will work on a section of hazel woodland here at the Sustainability Centre which is being coppiced as part of a wider woodland management plan to undertake conservation work on site.  Working in pairs using traditional hand tools such as billhooks and bow saws, you will cut the stools and drift the rods, layering in order allow new plants and habitats for form.  The course will focus on coppicing for conservat
Course type
Engagement style
Face to face

Postal address of venue

The Sustainability Centre
Droxford Road
East Meon
GU32 1HR
United Kingdom

Course contact email
Contact name
Wendy Turner
Contact telephone number
01730 823166

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