Course reviews

Nothing beats a personal recommendation, so if you are looking for a woodland course or workshop, read our reviews, kindly submitted by SWOG members over the last couple of years.

The following course providers have worked with us on a number of projects.

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
Courses and workshops on sustainable woodland management, social forestry (OCN accredited), horse logging, mindful woodland management, and connecting with trees. Also, sustainable building, renewable power, organic gardening and wilderness skills. Machynlleth, Wales.

The Coppice Plot, Pembrokeshire, Wales
David Hunter of the Coppice Plot manages a Pembrokeshire woodland to produce coppice products ranging from top quality Pembrokeshire charcoal to a variety of beautiful greenwood work items. He runs a variety of traditional woodworking courses.

ccCoppicewood College,Pembrokeshire, Wales
Coppicewood College promotes and supports sustainable woodland management and runs courses using traditional methods and tools, including all aspects of coppice practice, hedgelaying and coppice craft.

Phil Hopkinson runs coppice courses, charcoal-making workshops and green woodworking courses at Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, Alfrick, Worcestershire, a 50 acre privately owned nature reserve.

Orchard Barn, Suffolk
Courses in natural and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills.

Plumpton College, East Sussex
Forestry and arboricultural courses. Chainsaw training, woodland and countryside management, bee-keeping, forest school training.

rdiRural Development Initiative (RDI), Ripon, Yorkshire
Forestry management, training, project management and woodfuel consultancy. RDI have advised many SWOG members and provided guest speakers for several meetings.  01765 609 355

Sallerton Wood, Devon
Andy Morton offers tutor-led green woodworking  and conservation courses in the heart of this 10-acre woodland. Contact Andy Morton 07722 435 964.

Sharif Adams
Sharif Adams is an award winning greenwood craftsman and teacher specialising in pole-lathe turned wooden bowls. He runs a variety of courses throughout the year at Steward Wood, an off-grid woodland community in Devon.

Windsor Workshop
James Mursell is an expert in making Windsor chairs. Based in Pulborough, West Sussex, he runs course throughout the year in his purpose-built barn.

woodcraft-school-logo Woodcraft School, West Sussex
Woodcraft School are suppliers of bushcraft, natural history and wildlife experiences. John Ryder and his team have featured in several instructional videos for

woodWoodsmith Experience, County Durham
In addition to selling green woodworking and forestry tools, Maurice Pyle runs green woodworking courses in both England and Norway. 0191 252 4064  Email: [email protected]

Woodland Skills Centre, Denbigh, North Wales
Offers a range of traditional woodworking and bushcraft skills courses.

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