Coppicing Crafts: Making a Hurdle Short Course

Make a Hurdle

This course is for people who are interested in the ancient craft of sustainable woodland management, coppicing, and would like to know how to make useful products from coppiced material.

You will make a garden hurdle to take home. This course follows on from the Introduction to Coppicing in February, but don’t worry if you missed it!

What will I do and learn?

  • Gain an insight into the type of coppiced wood material used for making products.
  • Learn about other types of products you can make with coppiced materials.
  • Discover woodworking tools and how to use them safely.
  • Learn carving skills and techniques.
  • Use a shaving horse.
  • Make a garden hurdle to for the College or to take home with you (depending on your ticket).

Key Information

Date – Saturday 7th May 2022 from 9am – 4pm

Location – at our Troed yr Harn Campus – Hospital Road, Talgarth, LD3 0EF

Our campus is a car free site, and we encourage participants to meet at 9am at Talgarth carpark (LD3 0PG) to walk up to the campus ready to start the course for 10am. This is a moderate uphill walk of 35-40 minutes.

What you need – You should wear suitable, weather-dependent PPE including gloves, and good, sturdy boots with steel toes if possible.

Please bring a water bottle and a packed lunch for a picnic at the farm.

Tea and coffee facilities available free of charge.

Age limit – You MUST be 16 years old or above to take part in this course.

Who will I learn from?

Ben Kelleher

Ben is one of BMC’s fantastic Coppicing and Greenwood Trades NVQ tutors. A green woodwork and coppicing craftsman, who started as a forestry student looking for an alternative route into the world of trees and wood. He learnt his trade through an apprenticeship with the Greenwood Centre and the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust, and has since formed his own business.

How much does it cost?

We have a limited number of free tickets available for Powys residents, thanks to the UK Community Renewal FundIf you claim a free ticket, any products you create during this course will remain in the ownership of the College.

We would like our short courses to be available to all regardless of ability to pay. We, therefore, ask you to pay what you can towards this event. We have some tickets available at a lower rate of £20, and some available at a higher rate of £60. You will be able to keep the products you create if you are purchasing a ticket!



This course is rated as 2 (some access) on our scale of accessibility. Read more about our accessibility policy, T&C’s, and book your tickets via Eventbrite.

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