Course fee: £130.00 Tutor: Dave Jackson
This one day course will assist anyone who might be thinking about or have purchased a small plot of woodland. It will cover practical skills needed to practically maintain a small plot.
You will be using traditional woodland tools such as a bowsaw, axe, felling lever and rope to fell 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
- identifying species, growth of species, planting, coppicing and renewal
- planning planting and felling schedules
- using hand tools safely and effectively (saws axes, billhooks, brashing hooks, pole saw and loppers)
- location of safe zones 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)
- clearing woodland floor to encourage wildlife, flaura and fauna
- the different types of woods and their uses
- PPE (personal protective equipment) selection and use
- health and safety related to woodland work
At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching from our tutors and our low class numbers (max 5 for most classes) and a number of our courses also have an assistant.
We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed and allow students to learn more.
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, but are not essential. Please note this course will require a high level of manual dexterity on your fingers and is physically demanding.