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National Beanpole Week

National Beanpole Week 9-17th April 2016


Search members products for suppliers of locally coppiced bean poles and pea sticks.


National Beanpole Week calls on gardeners to support Britain’s coppiced woodlands by choosing eco-friendly, locally-grown coppiced beanpoles instead of imported bamboo canes.

By switching to British-grown coppiced beanpoles, gardeners and growers will be doing their bit to support the environment, wildlife, rural jobs, ancient skills and traditions – and their beans.

Traditionally managed coppiced woodlands are a really important part of our countryside because they supply us with truly sustainable wood, provide an incredibly rich wildlife habitat, support hundreds of rural jobs and keep many ancient skills and traditions alive.

Britain lost 90% of its coppiced woodland during the 20th century – and to protect what remains, we need to support the coppice workers who manage these woods by buying their excellent eco-friendly coppiced beanpoles.

Dorset Coppice Group Open Day 2016

The Dorset Coppice Group will be holding their Open Day on 14th May 2016 at Bonsley Wood.


Come and see our members demonstrating their crafts.



November 7th

Come and spend a day at Bonsley and build your own Shave Horse. All materials supplied including tea and coffee.

Cost for the day is £80 – this includes everything.

Contact David Ewers on:

01202 621508
07588 432812

Email: randalls.farm@btinternet.com

Spaces limited. Couples can make one between them if they wish.

DCG Taster Day 10th October 2015

The Dorset Coppice Group Craft Taster Day will be held at Bonsley Woods on 10th October.

A chance to try your hand at some traditional woodcraft
either to satisfy your curiosity, or as a foretaste of a more in-depth course

Activities available are :
Hurdle making, charcoal burning, willow baskets, pole lathe turning,
walking sticks , spoon carving, trug making, pyrography,
rustic furniture making, shrink pots, hedgelaying and of course coppicing

The activities take place amongst lovely woodland at our Living Classroom. You will be able to choose 4 different activities each lasting 11⁄2 hours.

We have toilets and catering facilities and there are lovely walks for anyone not taking part.

Spaces are limited, so booking is essential, do let me know if you would like a booking form.

All materials supplied
Food and drink available all day to purchase

The cost for the day is £40 per person.

If you are interested in signing up please contact Dave Ewers on 01202 621508 or 07588 432812 or by email: randalls.farm@btinternet.com

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.