January 30



Course fee: £85

This one day course will teach you how to fell small trees by hand and how to process them ready for use as firewood, craft material and or brash.

Trees need to be felled to keep the woodland in a healthy state and to allow other trees to grow to their full capacity. It also allows light onto the woodland floor, creating an environment for other flora and fauna to thrive.

You will be using traditional woodland tools such as a bowsaw, axe, felling lever and rope to fell the trees along with a billhook, pruning saw and loppers to process the wood.

You will learn practical tips and techniques on:

  • Identifying which trees are safe and suitable to cut down for various needs
  • using hand tools safely and effectively
  • location of safe zones are and different types of cuts to use on a tree when felling depending on size and state of the tree
  • processing the wood by using a pruning saw and bow saw to cut into manageable sizes and a billhook to sned (take the smaller branches off)
  • the different types of woods and their uses

You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them.


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What you need to know …

Please let us know if you have any specific requirements or needs.

All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day. Refreshments and biscuits throughout the course. Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen and wear suitable clothes for working outdoors.

Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee). No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course. All adult courses are for 16 years or over.