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Pea Sticks and Bean Poles now available

Please search members products for suppliers.

Please be aware that it is National Beanpole week 13th – 19th April.

Spring Courses

Spring courses at Prime Coppice, West Dorset:
2 Day course, 11th – 12th April 2015
£200 per person, 4 people only, lunch included
Horses are the ideal low impact and environmentally friendly forestry ‘machine’, particularly well suited for working sensitive woodland sites. This weekend course will give you hands on experience of horse logging, taught by professional horse logger Crunchie , working with his two cob horses. Only 4 places, 2 people per horse.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSHCRAFT: Saturday 23rd May 2015,
£50 per person, lunch included
With qualified bushcraft trainer Leo Dawson learn the principles of bushcraft :
Safe use of cutting tools; Basic carving techniques; Sustainable harvesting of materials; Natural firelighting; Wild food; Basic tracking

Venue – Prime Coppice our 52 acre working wood in the Marshwood Vale, near the beautiful Jurassic Coast.
To book, email: info@primecoppice.com or call 07778525816
You can also visit our website www.primecoppice.com

Notification of AGM

The Dorset Coppice Group will be holding their AGM at Bonsley Woods on 5th March 2015.


Hazel Coppice – It’s Restoration and Improvement

A conference is being organised by the NCFed that could have considerable significance for coppice workers throughout the country.  Its title will be:
Hazel Coppice  – its restoration and improvement:
      A two day National Coppice Federation seminar.  
       Westonbirt Arboretum,
       GL8 8QS
      13/14 May, 2015
coppicing is a growing industry, but good quality hazel is scarce and hard to source.  We will be looking at the most effective, practical ways of restoring old as well as improving existing coppice, with reference to the restoration work going on in the Arboretum (some 25 acres) and on other sites around the country
Provisional list of contributors:
Ralph Hamer, co-author of Coppice Woodlands
Penny Jones, Head of propagation Westonbirt Arboretum
Rebecca Oaks, Chair NCFed
Graham Rimington, The Deer Initiative
Brian Williamson, lead coppicer Westonbirt Arboretum
Provisional list of topics:
Stocking Densities
Deer protection
Costs and Benefits
Best practice
There will be site visits within the Arboretum
Cost will be in the region of £50 per delegate, with discounts available to members of NCFed affiliated groups.  To secure a place provisional bookings can be made through Brian Williamson atwestonbirt.coppice@virginmedai.com.
Demonstrating at Knighton School

Demonstrating at Knighton School

Demonstrating Hurdle-making and Willow Work at Knighton School, Dave Partridge with Margaret and Jim King.

Photographs of Open/Beanpole Day

Photographs of the Open/Beanpole Day 2014 have now been added to the gallery.

Dorset Coppice Group Open/Beanpole Day

The Dorset Coppice Group are holding their Open/Beanpole day this year to coincide with National Beanpole Week. This will be held at the Living Classroom, Bonsley Wood on Saturday 12th April 10am to 4pm.

National Beanpole Week encourages gardeners to use hazel beanpoles and pea sticks sourced locally instead of using imported goods.  This helps local coppice workers and the biodiversity of native English woodlands.  There will be bean poles and pea sticks available to purchase at our Open/Beanpole Day.

Members of the group will be plying their many different crafts and will have  items for sale.  Come and see our Living Classroom in action and enjoy the Woodland Walk where you will be able to see and smell the Bluebells and Wild Garlic.

Refreshments will be available.

Toilets (including disabled facilities) available.

Click here for directions to The Living Classroom, Bonsley Wood

Click here for the poster on National Beanpole Week

A Crushing Problem!

I have a crushing problem!  Do you know of any machinery/kit that is both suitable and available to perform the task of crushing charcoal from approximately 20mm down to 10mm or smaller.  Over the years I have acquired various machines to enable me to perform many tasks but am currently slightly stumped by this problem.  I can crush small pieces but not the larger ones….. I feel drawn towards cider apple crushers but do you know better?

Many thanks

Jim Bettle

The Dorset Charcoal Co.

01258 818176

Charcoal Burning Course

Charcoal burning course Saturday 5th April 2014.  Please visit the link for further details;



Membership fees were due on 1st January 2014. Please complete the membership form below and either email to coppiceworks@aol.com or post to Jilly Snelson (address on form).

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