A traditional charcoal burn was the focus of Coppice Week - a five-day event on Ashdown Forest which brought professional and amateur woodland workers together to learn more about coppice crafts.
Organised by Esus Forestry the event aimed to enable the sharing of knowledge and skills, many of which are gradually being lost.
View the video of charcoal making at Coppice Week 2010
Read more about the charcoal earth burn or view the picture gallery at the Woodland Antics blog written by Mark Allery, a Pole-lathe turner, greenwood worker and woodsman
The charcoal burn formed the heart of the Coppice Week as the knowledge and skill required to make charcoal in this traditional way is gradually being lost. During the five days a number of training workshops were run in order to attract new interest in traditional woodland products and to expand and enhance the knowledge and skills of the many professional woodland workers attending. Courses ranged from one to three days in duration and topics included;
oak swill basket making,
sweet chestnut gate hurdle making
besom broom demonstrations
pole lathe demonstrations and taster sessions
wooden clog sole making
tent peg making
- and perhaps as important was the time spent informally sharing knowledge between people.
Due to the success of the event discussions are underway regarding the possibility of Coppice Week 2011. If you would be interested in attending next year contact the Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership team.
The project is being funded by the Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.