News – National Trust plant fair, new stuff and moving to the cow shed

Education and workshops, Green wood craft, Stalls

new bits 006Had to use a gazebo at the weekend for the National Trust Plant fair as my canvas lean too is mouldy!! (I’m going to dye it). Made the last furniture I will be making at my old workshop – I move to my new workshop next week.



BioretortHave a new page advertising the courses I will be running. 1st one is June 29th – Biochar: A practical guide to producing and using Biochar, it’s uses, possibilities and limitations (More detail on the Course’s page)

Two Gates school wood

Education and workshops, Woodlands

I’m now managing Two Gates Primary School wood, Slaithwaite. As part of that I’m working with students representatives from every class – ‘Green Club’. They are going to help with some of the work, monitor wildlife and develop their own projects around my management plan for the woods. My main aims are to encourage the use and understanding of the wood ; to manage it sustainably as a working wood that can provide the school with resources for fencing, play equipment, seating, bean sticks etc.

The picture is my plan (survey) of the woods.

Last night was my first session. It was great to be in the woods getting the kids excited about the them.



Education and workshops, Green wood craft, Hedge laying, Woodlands

 is a small business where nothing is wasted. It aims to manage woodlands in sustainable ways in order to: 

  • develop an economically sustainable business (using coppiced materials)
  • regenerate and improve biodiversity of those woodlands
  • encourage the social use of woodland

The main approach used is mixed broadleaf coppicing (specifically ‘coppicing with standards’, which preserves some larger trees within the coppice). As a consequence of using this method areas of the woodland are left at different stages of regrowth, providing habitats for a range of animals and plants.

Coppicing utilises and manages the natural regrowth of some tree species, cutting back in cycles of regrowth (3-40 years) small areas of woodlands, to provide material for production of greenwood crafts, charcoal and some wood fuel.

We provide the following services:

  • SustainableWoodlandManagement
  • Coppicing
  • Hedgelaying
  • Woodlandbased social and educational activities

 We produce the following:


  • Gates, hurdles, garden screens and fencing.
  • Garden structures – furniture, archways, trellises etc.
  • Pea and bean sticks, walking sticks


  • Artist’s willow charcoal
  • Biochar soil improver