Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Green woodworking evening class at Bradfield Woods

Fully booked
You will learn about tools and techniques used for working with green wood on this six week course.

Event details


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About the event

As the nights get lighter, and Spring begins to turn into Summer, it’s time to head to the woods to learn new skills for the new season. This six-week Green Woodwork evening class is designed for absolute beginners with no previous experience of green woodwork, or indeed of any other form of woodworking or practical craft activity. Perhaps you’ve seen green woodworkers at craft fairs or country shows and always wanted to have a go, or maybe you’ve even managed to acquire some tools but are unsure how to use them safely; this course will show you how.

Veteran Green Woodworker Will Wall has broken the art of Green Woodwork down into 12 basic skills, such as hewing wood with an axe, carving with a knife, and riving or controlled splitting, etc. Each 2.5 -hour lesson will focus on teaching one particular skill, with a simple practical project as an example of how that skill can be applied to make beautiful and useful objects.

Over the six sessions, you won’t learn everything there is to learn about green woodworking, but you will get a taste of the most important basic skills that green woodworkers need to master to make traditional woodland products.

All tools and materials will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them. Lessons will take place in the purpose-built covered craft area near the Visitor Centre at Bradfield, and materials will mainly be green wood generated on site by the Trust’s ongoing traditional woodland management activities. There may be a small extra charge for materials for anything you make and take home.

All you need is suitable clothing and sturdy footwear, and a flask of tea or bottle of water.

Tutor Will Wall was a founder member of the Association of Pole-lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers when it formed in 1990 and has been working with green wood and traditional tools and techniques for more than 30 years. He specialises in introducing complete beginners to the mysteries of Green Woodworking.

The dates for this term are: 28 June, 7 ,12, 19, 26, July & 2 August 2021
Please note these dates have changed from those advertised



In order to run this course safely while the COVID-19 pandemic is still in effect, there are a number of restrictions put in place, which are in the best interest of our participants, staff and volunteers. We appreciate you following the guidelines we have set out.

It is important that you read and agree to the following information before you book onto the course.

  • During the course you will be required to socially distance from others. This includes other people that you may know.
  • If you or a member of your household is showing ANY signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or you have been told by NHS Test and Trace to isolate, you must not attend the session.

In booking onto this event, you understand that if COVID-19 guidance that affects the running of the course is announced between time of booking and the date of the session, the session may have to be postponed or cancelled at short notice. Should this happen, we will contact participants as soon as possible using the email address supplied in the booking form. 

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£125 per person

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


No dogs permitted


People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance

What to bring

A flask or bottle of water

Please wear sturdy shoes.

Parking information

Free car park


Picnic area
Accessible toilet

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