9th April 2016 – Community Woodlands networking event – Woodland Skills Centre, Denbigh

Posted on January 14, 2016 by

Join community woodlands groups and interested individuals from across North Wales for a day in spring for woodland walks, talks, skill sharing, demonstrations and lunch.

The day will be hosted by Warren Woods, home of the Woodland Skills Centre, who won first prize and a gold medal in the Royal Forestry Society’s Excellence in Forestry Community Woodland awards in 2015, and Llais y Goedwig, the community woodland network for Wales.

The free networking and skill share day will offer informal site visits and discussion to give insights into the work of the Centre, how it manages the woodland and how it works with the local community. There will also be demonstrations of various coppice and greenwood crafts and the opportunity to meet Llais y Goedwig’s new Capacity Building Officer for North Wales who will be working with individuals and groups in the area to support the development of community woodlands.

There is no charge for the day and a simple lunch will be provided. Places are limited and booking is essential. Please email the Centre (enquiries@woodlandskillscentre.co.uk) if you would like to attend, giving names, telephone numbers and email addresses of those who will be coming. The day is not suitable for children under 16.

Note On the Sunday there will be 2 courses running – an Introduction to Bushcraft (£55-00) and an Introduction to Coppice and Greenwood Crafts (£45-00) which may be of interest to people attending the Open Day on the Saturday. Free camping with indoor kitchen facilities, toilet and shower is available at the Centre for those who wish to attend both days.

Event Program

Saturday 9th April 2016, 10.30am – 5.00pm 

10.30am – Registration and refreshments

10.45am – Welcome from the Woodland Skills Centre and Llais y Goedwig

  • Llais y Goedwig – the community woodland network for Wales
  • Outline of activities for the day

10.50am – The Woodland Skills Centre story

  • Ethos – social forestry that is financially viable
  • Woodland management principles – social, environmental, economic
  • Starting out – charcoal making, coppice crafts
  • Developing the education centre – reaching out to different parts of the community and drawing together key practitioners
  • Creating the Centre building – affordable, sustainable build
  • Working with partners as a ‘Service Provider’ – from Social Services to Wildlife Trust
  • The Woodland Skills Centre map – orientating ourselves ahead of walk

11.30am – Woodland Management Walk and Talk

A tour of the Centre’s 50 acre woodland with an overview of the Centre’s management plan, considering social, economic and environmental factors.

1.15pm – Group lunch and networking

2.15pm – Choose between –

  • Centre Building tour – get a tour around the new timber-frame Centre building – a model of affordable and sustainable construction with sheepswool insulation, lime plaster, wood-burner and photo-voltaic roof. Includes navigating the paperwork and permissions, as well as materials and construction itself. Tour will also extend to look at some of the other smaller timber-frame buildings on the site.
  • Generating income from the woodland – a look at how the woodland is managed to sustain itself economically.

3.15pm – Tea break

3.30pm – Adding value to woodland produce

Explore the many different useful products that can be created from the material that is harvested as part of the management of the woodland. The optional course on Sunday allows for practical work to make some products to take home.

5pm – Finish


Sunday 10 April 2016 – Optional Activities

Choose one from the two options –

Introduction to Bushcraft

£60 (£55 to people attending the Open day on Saturday 9th)

Open your eyes to the wonder of British woodlands. Students will spend the day in the woods and get the opportunity to: make fire using a variety of natural resources and techniques; make shelters using natural materials; cook some great food over a campfire; identify trees and plants and learn how they can be used in medicine, crafts and cooking. The tutor is Matt McIntyre, an expert in bushcraft and woodland skills.

Introduction to Coppice and Greenwood Crafts


Spend the day having a go at a range of coppice and greenwood crafts and willow work – you will be able to choose from hazel hurdles, split hazel candle holders, hazel gypsy baskets, cleaving greenwood and shaping it with a draw-knife on a shave-horse, rustic stools, willow stars and small baskets, gypsy flowers.




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