In this episode we hear from Kath Morgan who is the coordinator and administrator for the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust and Mike Carswell, a coppice worker and former BHMAT apprentice.
At the end of August 2022 I attended the BHMAT Woodland Pioneers event in the Lake district. Woodland Pioneers is an introduction to coppicing and coppice crafts run by the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust. The annual event was fantastic week of learning and hanging out with lovely, likeminded woody folks. It was an absolute joy and I'd recommend it to all listeners!
This episode is the first of 3 recorded at the woodland pioneers event, look out for the next episodes with The Coppice Coop talking about charcoal making and Lorna Singleton an oak swill basket maker.
*** BHMAT are now inviting applications for our next placement and hope to interview and start the placement soon (by the end of the year/beginning of 23 hopefully).
Links from episode BS086
Administrator and Co-ordinator @ BHMAT
I'm the Apprentice Coordinator for the Bill Hogarth (MBE) Memorial Apprenticeship Trust - we run 3-year apprenticeships in coppicing which help apprentices develop their own coppice businesses. We run Woodland Pioneers (a week-long coppice and craft taster experience) each year for those interested in the scheme and/or in coppicing and greenwood crafts. http://www.coppiceapprentice.org.uk
Mike Carswell is a professional coppice worker and greenwood worker. He has more than ten years experience in utilising traditional methods to produce sustainable woodland products.
A graduate of the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust, Mike is fully qualified and insured in coppice restoration, felling and conversion of raw materials. He has knowledge of ecological impacts and the heritage of woodland management in Ireland.