Bill Hogarth
Our Purpose is to ensure that the coppicing skills of Bill Hogarth MBE are recognised for their full worth and their continuity secured through a broad-based apprenticeship.
BHMAT is always interested in finding new sponsors. If you are involved in the coppice industry and would like to talk to someone about becoming a sponsor, or would like to become more involved with the Trust, please get in touch using the contact page.
Woodland Pioneers - Oak, Ash, Hazel and Birch

Woodland pioneers is one of the most popular coppicing and greenwood working courses in the UK. You'll be learning to work with Oak, Ash, Hazel and Birch over 4 days, followed by a day of two taster sessions. People travel from all over to be in the beautiful woodlands of South Lakeland and to learn from the professionals.





Woodland Pioneers usually runs in early September each year.

If you would like more information or to receive the next booking brochure when it's ready then please email

See photos from 2019...

Walter Lloyd - Loss of a Legend

We're very sorry to announce the death of local legend Walter Lloyd. He was a good friend of Bill Hogarth's and was involved with setting up BHMAT right from the start. He's been an inspiration to many, always ready to share his vast knowledge and wonderful stories. He will be very much missed by a huge number of people. We send thoughts and love to his family.

Below is a video filmed in 2016 of Walter demonstrating natural rope making at our Woodland Pioneers course.


In 2016 we were very lucky to have award winning videographer Chris Maudsley filming Woodland Pioneers. Watch his beautiful film below which has been shortlisted for a Canon-sponsored video competition, entitled "World Wood Day" and will be screened at Long Beach, Los Angeles, in March 2017. We think it's wonderful and wish him all the best!

November 2017 Newsletter
Download a copy of the November 2017 Newsletter now!

See previous publications on the news page.
RFS - Excellence in Forestry Award - 1st Place!!

This year (2016) BHMAT was awarded 1st place by the Royal Forestry Society for their Excellence in Forestry Award. A well-deserved acalaid for such a hard working group of people.


Rusland Valley Apprentices

In May 2016 BHMAT appointed two coppice apprentices to be based in the Rusland Valley. These are three year placements where trainees will set up their own coppicing business in their final year.

Not to be confused with the Rusland Horizons Apprenticeship Opportunities - see opposite.

Rusland Horizons Apprenticeship Opportunities

Rusland Horizons are delighted to announce that applications are now open for their apprenticeship programme. To apply please visit

How will it work?

  • Rusland Horizons will recruit six apprentices to start in September 2016.
  • The apprentices will work towards a level 2 Work-Based Diploma in Environmental Conservation.
  • The apprenticeships will last 18 months, and the end of this time two of the apprentices will have the opportunity to go on to achieve a level 3 Work-Based Diploma.
  • Four new apprentices will be recruited to start in September 2017.
  • The apprentices will work four to five days a week in the scheme area (see map). They will carry out the practical work needed to help conserve the historic landscape and its features.
  • The apprentices will be supervised by the Rusland Horizons Skills & Training Coordinator. From time to time, they will work with National Park Rangers and other partners to learn specific skills.
  • During term time, the apprentices will spend one day a week at Newton Rigg College, Penrith. They will need to prepare a portfolio to evidence the skills that they are learning, and demonstrate these skills to an assessor to gain their qualification.
  • Salaries will be in line with national minimum wage.
  • The cost of college fees and training certificates, worth at least £2500 per apprentice, will be covered by the programme.
Read more

The BHMAT Apprenticeship Scheme

The scheme is a three year Diploma course. BHMAT takes on two or three apprentices each year. The apprentices are based with a coppice business and receive specialist training in all aspects of the coppice industry. Each apprentice receives a small bursary of £3000 pa plus they can receive recompense for work within their placement. Assessment is based on practical skills and a percentage of written coursework. Successful apprentices are awarded the Bill Hogarth Coppice Diploma and are fully equipped at the end of three years to set up their own coppice business.

To be eligible to apply to either the BHMAT scheme (specific to the North of England) or the National Coppice Apprenticeship Scheme (NCAS) run through the Green Wood Centre (also based on the BHMAT model but now running nationally) applicants must have attended a Woodland Pioneers week course with either BHMAT (see above) or NCAS.

Massive Success with our Crowd Funding Project!
A huge THANK YOU to all our kind donators!

Karl Bibby, Paula Keary, Sam Robinson, Mike Carswell, Lorna Singleton, Edward Mills, Rachel Harries, Amanda Hancock, Steven Pratt, S James, Richard Leach, Di Larfynn, Giles Watts, Sara Giesz, Chris Vrionides, Anne Vrionides, Bridget Barling, Alex Turkington, John Burgess, Genevieve Stone, Maria Adamson, Jo Wheatley, Mary Lewis, Ruth Jennings, Peter Tatham, Joe Stupple, Tim Hughes, Emma Brierley, Deni Riach, Sam Ansell, Bill Oakes, Liz Sourbut, Ian Taylor, D V Goodier, Jane Rynne, Felicity Stout, Richard Lester, Bill Lloyd, Dan Johnston, Andrew Mathias, Matthew Simon, Andrew Woodcock, Claire Godden, Peter Quelch, Tony Morgan, Amanda Bingley, Rebecca Oaks, Clare Symonds, Keith Wilson, Ruth Pybus, Tim Collingridge, Neil Stirling, Roy Henderson, Lorena Gibb, Peter Yeo, Nora Kasanicka, Louis Le Glas, Joe Godden, Ian + Susan Pettman, Valerie Stevens, Mark Vrionides, Peter + Pat Lennon, Owen Jones, Jennifer + Tom Shay, Peter Hensman, Naomi Bowen, Sara Nolan, Ian + Celia Hunter

With help from your kind donations we've been able to appoint new apprentices in 2014 and 2015. We now have 4 - see the updated 'people' page for introductions!

We're also planning to appoint 2 new apprentices after this year's Woodland Pioneers - for the Rusland valley - so spread the word and get anyone interested to book on!

The BHMAT team

June 2015
The "Bill Hogarth MBE Coppice Merchant" Book
The book Bill was writing when he died in 1999, edited by Alan Shepley and published by Wood Education Programme Trust, is available from BHMAT for £6.50 (P&P: £1.50 within UK mainland, £3 for elsewhere).

All profits will be shared equally between BHMAT and the Wood Education Programme Trust. Contact details are here.
BHMAT would like to thank the following organisations for the grants they have awarded to the trust:

ERNEST COOK TRUST - learning from the land since 1952
Friends of the Lake District work to protect and conserve the landscapes of Cumbria and the Lake District. They support sustainable woodland management and the work of the BHMAT.
Arnside/Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Defra - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
BHMAT is always looking for grants and donations to fund our apprentices and the Woodland Pioneers week. Please contact us if you think you may be able to help or know someone that can.
Images on this site are taken from Bill Hogarth's own collection and that of BHMAT members and the Wood Education Programme Trust. © Mrs Pat Hogarth, BHMAT, WEP and originators. Permission for reproduction in any format must be requested

Bill Hogarth MEMORIAL APPRENTICESHIP TRUST Charity no. 1096755