Woodland Pioneers Week 2021
The Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust
Woodland Pioneers
Introduction to Coppicing Week:
Treen, Oak Panels, Charcoal and Greenwood Stools
16th to 19th August 2021
£250 - £400 (pay what you can afford)

Bill Hogarth MBE (1928-1999) was a coppice merchant who worked the woods of South Cumbria. The memorial trust (BHMAT) was set up in 2000 to continue his work and now runs a 3-year apprenticeship training scheme which leads to the Bill Hogarth Coppice Diploma. BHMAT are looking to appoint a new apprentice following this year’s course. The course is open for those interested in coppicing and associated crafts as well as those interested in the apprenticeship scheme.

Course venue: Chapel House Woods are owned by the Sir John Fisher Foundation who sponsored our first two apprentices. There is a hall opposite the wood which we have use of. This has toilets, showers and places to charge your phone.

Food: The cost of a hearty, veggie soup and bread lunch is included in your fee but please provide your own breakfasts and evening meals. There is also a tea tent in the woods that will keep you supplied with brews – and, more importantly, cake – during the day!

Camping: Pitches on site in the woods are included in the course fee.

Certificate: If you wish to gain a certificate for the course (cost £10), you will be asked to complete a workbook detailing your learning throughout the week. This will be emailed to you beforehand then you can either print it out or complete it electronically. For those wishing to apply for a BHMAT placement, it is essential that you attend the full course and gain a certificate.

Covid- safety: It’s important to us to make the course as safe as it can be for everyone and although we don’t know yet what Covid measures we will need to put in place, please be aware that these may include 1 or all of the following:

  • A lateral flow test at the start of the week
  • Social distancing
  • Wearing a face mask

Concessions: If you are unable to afford the course fee we might, in certain circumstances, be able to help, so do get in touch.

We prefer you not to bring dogs. Exceptions may be made if they are very well behaved or guide dogs – please get in touch.

The minimum age for participants and people on site is 18 years of age – we can take no responsibility for those under 18.

BHMAT and our tutors take every precaution to ensure your safety and we will have a number of qualified First Aiders on site.
We need to know of any special medical or mental health condition or medication that might compromise your safety or that of others.
Disability access is very limited on site, so please talk with us about any specific needs before you book on the course.

Our Woodland Pioneers week is a break-even event. Any additional donation to help BHMAT with costs and its apprenticeship programme would be very much appreciated.

Booking Information:

Book online via PayPal (includes debit card payments).

If you prefer to pay by cheque, BACS or postal order - please email info@coppiceapprentice.org.uk for details.

Further information will be sent to you nearer the time.

Current availability: 2 PayPal places left.


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