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Charcoal Making (Ring Kiln & Retort)

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: 23 Apr 2022 - 24 Apr 2022

: Westonbirt Arboretum


Fully booked

Course Tutor: Brian Williamson of West Country Coppice

This is a great opportunity to learn and compare the two key charcoal and Bio-char making techniques using a ring kiln and retort methods as well as charcoal making on a smaller scale in a barrel. Working alongside a professional charcoal maker the course will be delivered at Westonbirt Arboretum.

You will learn:

  • Selecting a suitable site for a kiln
  • Prepare and grade suitable timber
  • Loading the kiln
  • Lighting and monitoring the burn
  • Closing the burn down
  • Unloading, grading and packaging

Camping will be possible on site, but please let us know in advance if you wish to do so.

Brian Williamson is highly experienced and has been involved in conservation land management, wood crafts and coppicing since the early eighties.

Fully booked

Covid-19 and Courses


The Green Wood Centre has worked tirelessly to ensure that staff & visitors are entering a COVID safe environment. SWA have a duty of care to participants, staff, trainees, volunteers, etc. We ask that all tutors and participants respect the measures stated regardless of their personal views, there will be an induction by your course tutor on arrival.

In the event that a course has to be cancelled due to Covid-19, a full refund will be provided and we will suggest keeping an eye on the website and re-booking once the course has become available again.

Our experience:


Small Woods use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors. We have more than 20 years’ experience of delivering courses and training and a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism.

Small Woods courses are suitable for all levels of experience and ability and we keep course numbers low. The physical nature and/or woodland location of some courses may make them difficult for people with mobility problems. We do, however, have many years’ experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.