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Woodland Craft Courses

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TAILOR MADE CRAFT COURSES FOR GROUPS 

Here at Lower Upcott Farm, we pride ourselves in being intensely practical. This is borne mainly from having to make a full time living from wood over the last 17 years – It is our livelihood but it is also our passion. 

This passion has developed into all aspects of our life so that we get great satisfaction not only from making things, but also from growing our own vegetables, eating our own meat and making our own delicious hedgerow wines. Come and experience and enjoy what we have to offer. 

Gift Vouchers are available for all our courses; an original and memorable present.

Should any clubs or groups wish to do courses, then any combination of the advertised courses can be arranged for a daily fee. Other courses which we have done in the past and which we can arrange for groups include:  

  • Hedgerow winemaking
  • Working woods the medieval way
  • Hedgelaying
  • Unlock the secrets to identifying timber
  • Woodland walk and tree identification
  • Tree folklore
  • Making your own plant supports / trellis, etc.
  • Bentwood chair making course
  • Identification of woodland flora
  • From Felling to Selling (making the most out of your woodlands)
  • Survival courses
     

Groups wishing to come for a weekend or longer will be able to choose a number of courses to suit their interests. For large groups, we shall be able to give a choice of courses for each day to suit different interests.Just ring us to discuss your needs. - We will do our very best to make your time here a great learning experience as well as great fun.

 

TAILOR MADE EDUCATIONAL COURSES FOR GROUPS
School or college groups are always welcome and we are able to tailor the day’s activities to suit your needs. 

 


YOUR TUTORS:

 

Ben May makes a full time living out of using traditional woodland skills and adopting environmentally sound principles and practices in order to make a range of innovative high quality products.

Mark Snellgrove is a member of the Charter Institute of Forestry and is a very experienced forester and sawmiller. He has a wealth of practical ability and forestry knowledge and a keen interest in woodland crafts.

Lorraine Smith (Larry) has a fine art background and as well as working alongside Ben, enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of hedgerow wine making and brewing (hic!)

Ben’s mother Tessa is an experienced basket-maker and teaches the basket-making course.

 

Craft Courses

Our courses take place on the secluded land of Lower Upcott Farm, which is located in 43 acres of some of Devon’s most beautiful unspoilt countryside. The farm is run on a sustainable basis, with both the woodland and pasture land worked by shire horses. We are a proper working enterprise and make a full time living from south west woodlands. We are therefore at the cutting edge of the timber industry and able to offer you up to date knowledge and advice. Our range of courses are designed to cater for the needs of the complete novice through to those with some experience, the emphasis being very much on having a go and enjoying yourself with like-minded people. Practical skills courses are restricted to six people so that everyone gets plenty of individual help.
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