(Above) Fiona and Toby in woodland © Fiona De Wert (below) Wooden Spoons © Fiona De Wert (below) Rolling Pins © Fiona De Wert
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Small Woods Association apprentice, Fiona de Wert, will be taking part in a workshop to the public in Brenscombe Wood throughout Purbeck Art Weeks from Saturday 24th May - Sunday 8th June 2014.
Coppice Apprentice, Fiona, has been learning the historical art of coppicing, horse logging and greenwood skills in Purbeck with local coppice worker Toby Hoad. The apprenticeship is delivered as part of the Wild Purbeck Scheme, and was set up by Dorset Wildlife Trust, Small Woods Association and Dorset Coppice Group to encourage young people into an industry that is truly sustainable. Fiona’s coppicing and greenwood skills are helping to manage Dorset woods which in return help the local economy, biodiversity and people.
'A truly unique and inspiring place to work'
Fiona said: "Our woodland workshop is a truly unique and inspiring space to work and create in. It's fantastic to have this opportunity to invite people in and share the knowledge and skills I've gained in green woodworking and sustainable woodland management."
See a sustainable working woodland
DWT’s Trees and Woodlands Conservation Officer, Emma Tomlin said: “We are really pleased that people can go and see truly sustainable working woodland ‘a living wood’ that is full of noise and birdsong, the buzz of insects and the sounds of people making woodlands work.”
Have a go and visit Toby and Fiona
To see Toby and Fiona working the woodland in the traditional way and even have a go at making your own turned item on a pole lathe, please visit the Greenwood Workshop, Little Brenscombe Wood, Nr Corfe Castle on the Corfe Castle to Studland road (follow Purbeck Art Week 29 signs). Open Daily 10 5pm (only during Purbeck Art Weeks).
For more information about Fiona’s work, please visit her blog here. Find out more about Dorset Coppice Group and their work cick here. To find out about Dorset Wildlife Trust's Kingcombe Centre Art Weeks Events, click here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.