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Koa Tree SURF

Koa Tree Camp

Sustainable Woodland Management and Design


This course provides an excellent introduction to value of managing woodland for sustainable wood production and maximising biodiversity.  The focus is on a design led approach as well as the practical skills required to manage your woodland and make use of your timber.


The course runs over 2 days including lunch each day. Course takes place at the Resurgence Centre in Hartland and field time is at The Koa Tree Project, Welcombe 10 minutes away. 


Course Content

Where to go for woodland grants and help

Planning and planting a new wood

Designing and managing a coppicing regime for your woodland

Species identification

Methods for supporting biodiversity through design and practice

Accounting for other woodland users

Alternative woodland systems, silvopasture, silvopoultry and agroforestry

Skills - Assessing and Calculating timber volumes and how to process timber

Skills - Coppicing techniques 

Skills - Woodland products and charcoal making


Transfers between sites can be arranged free of charge. 


Accommodation and additional meals can be arranged through our partner site Koa Tree Camp. Please register interest and we will put you in touch directly wth Hannah who will be able to offer you a special package price. 

Sustainable Woodland Management

  • Please be aware that any cancellations will be subject to a charge equivalent to 25% of the total unless otherwise discussed. We will endeavour to resell your space if you cannot make it and refund this cahrge although we cannot guarantee this.


    Cancellations less than 6 weeks from the date of the course can not be refunded. 



  • Adrian has been an environmentalist all his life. He has wide ranging passions and interests within sustainable farming and low impact living, including time spent living with John Seymour and with the Yarner Trust. He now specialises in woodland management and metal work. 


    Adrian has a 60 acre farm in North Devon with a mixed of mature oak coppice and mixed woodland as well as some fine examples of native culm grass paddocks. Adrian has designed his own coppicing regime for the farm and supplies oak timbers for a range of uses. 


    His work as blacksmith has given Adrian a livelong association with charcoal and charcoal making, as well as the other woodland crafts for which he makes many tools. 


    Andy Thorne is an agroecologist, permaculturist and low energy building designer. He brings his knowledge of woodland design based on his own farm and from time spent in woodlands in North Wales. 


    Andy has planted 3,500 trees at The Koa Tree Project and manages a small parcel of woodland on site through a coppicing rotation. He is intorducing agroforestry, tree hay and browsing to his grazing regime as well as a silvopoultry system.