Oxford Conservation Volunteers

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Saturday 9 Nov 2019 -
Sunday 10 Nov 2019
Coppicing Training Camping WeekendWestonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
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In this training weekend, we'll be learning about coppicing: a traditional, sustainable way to manage woodland for the production of timber which is also excellent for maintaining biodiversity in woodland. Brian Williamson is a former OCVer, professional coppicer and hurdle maker, and winner of a Royal Forestry Society 'Excellence in Forestry' Award. He'll be showing us his current project at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, working on 45 acres of coppice woodland. We'll learn about the principles of coppicing, how to identify commonly coppiced trees, safe use and maintenance of bill hooks, good tree felling techniques covering some tricky scenarios. It will also be a chance to have a look around Westonbirt's incredible collection of trees from around the world. We have arranged basic camping nearby on Saturday night for those that want to stay over. There will be water and toilets but no showers. The cost will be £10, including an evening meal cooked on the campfire, breakfast and lunch the next day. But if a night's Winter camping is not your thing, it should still be possible to come for either or both days. To book click the link below.
Leader: Jenny HillDriver: Chris Skepper

Please complete the following form. It will be emailed to the task organiser, and an acknowledgement will be sent to the email address you provide. Please make sure you enter a valid email address!

Please say whether you are camping over on Saturday night. If so, please make sure you pay £10 to the task leader by bank transfer (account details will be emailed to you in due course). Your place is not confirmed until you have done this.

If you are coming for one day or the other please state which day and whether you will need transport. The minibus will be staying over, so a lift can't be absolutely guaranteed but it's likely car-sharing will be possible.

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