Woodland Skills

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Making simple 2-ply natural cordage 1

I’ve written previously about preparing nettles and sweet chestnut inner bark for making cordage but haven’t shown how to turn the prepared fibres into cordage.  So now seems the time to rectify that.  In the photos below Bob is using nettle fibres, but the process is the same whatever fibres you might have to hand. […]

Trees cleared

Felling trees in the camp

I don’t like felling trees at our ancient woodland camp, after all we provide woodland experiences, but from time to time we need to cut trees down if they appear to be hazardous.  Back in the autumn I turned up to find a large branch through the tarp over our kitchen area.  It was dead […]

Coppicing 2

I originally wrote this article on coppicing for the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL ) Bushcraft Special Interest Group (BSIG) newsletter which came out in February 2015. Based in the south east of England, our woodland was badly damaged by the hurricane in 1987.  Whilst many mature beech, ash, sweet chestnut and oak were unscathed, large parts […]

Coppiced hazel