Introduction to Coppicing: One-Day Course



Take part in our Introduction to Coppicing short course!

Learn how to use tools, and create products from the material you’ve coppiced

This course is for woodland group members, people with larger gardens or wooded areas and those with an interest in learning how to manage woodlands sustainably.

Coppicing is an ancient technique using low impact, hands-on ways of processing timber at the same time helping with biodiversity by creating different habitats as the tree regrows. The course forms a two-part learning experience. In part one you’ll learn about the tools and techniques, and part 2, in the Autumn, we’ll teach you how to make hurdles and garden structures from the material you’ve coppiced.

What will I do and learn?

  • Discover the tools needed and how to use them safely
  • Identify trees that are suitable for coppicing and why
  • Learn how to choose and cut a stool safely to produce material for a variety of uses
  • It’s not just for heating – learn about the useful products and artisan crafts that can be made from coppiced materials
  • Receive feedback and advice from our experienced tutor

Who will I learn from?

Ben Kelleher

Ben is a tutor on our Coppicing and Greenwood Trades NVQ. 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.

Key Information

Date – Saturday 26th February 2022 from 10am – 3pm

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

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

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.

How much does it cost?

Powys residents go free! This is a community day course and is free to people living in Powys, with thanks to the Powys Sustainable Development Fund.

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. For this course, we have 10 spaces. We have 5 tickets available free of charge to Powys residents, and 5 tickets where we ask you to contribute different amounts. If you reside in Powys and would like to contribute, please consider purchasing a priced ticket! 

If you are purchasing a ticket, this is non-refundable. Depending on the uptake of the course we hold the right to cancel it, in which case you will be refunded.

If you are a Powys resident, you are eligible for a free ticket. If all of the allocated free tickets have gone, please contact us on

Please note that spaces on this course are limited. We operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.


This course is rated as 3 (least accessible) on our scale of accessibility as it involves spending large chunks of time outside, accessing uneven ground on our farm campus, walking uneven paths in mountains and woodland. 

Read more about our accessibility policy and Terms and Conditions on the Eventbrite page.

We will follow the most recent COVID measures and protocols in order to keep everyone safe and healthy for the duration of the course.


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