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.
Coppice Association North West commissioned this fantastic series of podcasts with local coppice workers in the North West to celebrate National Coppice week 2019. A wonderful set of interesting stories unwinds through interviews by the talented Clare Dyson. Follow the links to listen to Coppice Conversations with Twiggy, Jack Holden, Sam Ansell, Lorna Singleton and Jo and Daryll.
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. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the BHMAT committee decided to cancel the 2020 event. Hopefully we'll be running it again in 2021. Stay safe everyone.
If you would like more information or to receive the next booking brochure when it's ready then please email
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.
Woodland Pioneers Video
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!
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.
The "Bill Hogarth MBE Coppice Merchant" BookThe 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:
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