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Traditional Fencing - Hazel Hurdle Making

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: 05 May 2022 - 06 May 2022

: The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR


Fully booked

Course Tutor: Brian Williamson of West Country Coppice

You will learn:

  • How to select and prepare suitable hazel rods for the different parts of a hurdle
  • Locate and set a hurdle brace and prepare the tools of the trade.
  • How to cleave (split) hazel rods using a bill hook or riving post.
  • Setting the zales
  • Weaving using a selection of material to build the hurdle
  • Finishing weave and snedding
  • The different traditional hurdle patterns

Each participant will make a hurdle to return home along with the knowledge to continue to practice and hone their skills.

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.