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Introduction to Coppice Management NE

This event is a two day training course on 1 and 2 December 2018 at Whittle Dene, Ovington, near Gateshead, 10:00-16:00.

Open only to all volunteers and members of community woodland groups within our northern region.

You must be able to attend both days to book this course.

This free training 2 day training course will be delivered by tutor, Don Atkinson, and is intended as a beginners' introduction to practical coppice management.

Don has over thirty years’ experience in woodland conservation management and delivering wider environmental projects, specialising in habitat restoration and re-creation. He has worked with and provided training for a variety of volunteer groups over the years including the creation and training of the Woodland Trust’s Hedley Hall Woodlanders Group.

Aims of Course

• To introduce students to the historic role of coppice management, the species used and the products made.

• To look at when, why and how coppice management is used in woodland conservation today.

• To introduce the tools, techniques and safe working practices of coppice management.

• To provide practical experience in coppice management.


• Students will be able to identify suitable trees and locations for coppice management and the uses that could be made from the coppiced material.

• Students will be able to explain how coppice management can be used as a tool to improve biodiversity within appropriate woodlands.

• Students will be able to demonstrate safe handling and use of tools and equipment.

• Students will be able to explain the importance of risk assessment and demonstrate safe working practices on site.

• Students will be able to coppice an area of woodland, producing useful material, leaving the site safe and the stools protected.