Workshops generally cost £10 – £30 per day 
(A sliding scale- pay what you can afford! minimum of £10).
We also have a limited number of free places to give away, get in touch if you would like to do a course but cannot afford £10.
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Past courses…

‘Edible Forest Skills’ Autumn workshops 2017

The ‘Edible Forest Skills’ series of workshops are part of the Foresters’ Forest’ programme, a landscape partnership funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is our first series of workshops, part of an exciting a 5 year programme of delivering training in Edible forest gardening.

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An introduction on learning how to design and implement a forest garden in your own garden or on a community scale, including looking at local heritage variety fruit trees.
Saturday 16th September. 10am – 4pm. Angus Buchanan recreation ground, Coleford.

Learn from a local herbalist about treating ailments from the plants that grow all around us in the forest, and make a medicine for the winter to keep you healthy. Including a foraging walk.
Sunday 1st October. 10am – 4pm. Evergreen hall, Broadwell.

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PRESERVING with Anne Harley.
Learn how to make great Jams and chutneys with ‘Anne the Jam’! Bring along any excess fruit and vegetables you have harvested and see what exciting preserves can be made.
Saturday 7th October. 10am – 4pm. The Salvation Army, Broadwell.

MUSHROOM FORAGING – Tim Lawrence & Kirsty Philbrick.
Go on a foraging walk and learn all about the common, edible and medicinal mushrooms that grow in our forest. This will involve being outdoors most of the day.
Saturday 21st October. 10am – 3.30pm. Beechenhurst.

Learn how skin and butcher deer and small game.
Saturday 28th October. 10am – 4pm. Dean field studies centre, Parkend.

FERMENTING FOODS with Scott Baine.
Learn how to preserve foods through the ancient art of fermentation.
Saturday 18th November. 10am – 4pm. Yorkley community centre.

Summer Green woodworking courses 2016


Thanks to Gloucestershire County Council community chest fund and Foresters’ Forest we have been able to invest in new equipment and tools for a green woodworking workshop.
As part of this project we are running three FOD (white-376)workshops over the summer in green woodworking skills:

‘Whittling’ with Anna Casserley.
Making spatulas and a May whistle. Learn about knife carving, grips and techniques. Knife selection & sharpening. Wood selection. www.
Wednesday 8th June.
10am – 4pm.

‘Steam bent tongs’ with Tom Cousins.
Make some steam bent ash serving tongs, by splitting a log, shaving strips of wood and then steam bending them. A nice introduction to using froe, drawknife, shaving horse and fire powered steam box.
Sunday 3rd July.
10am – 4pm.

‘Introduction to the Pole Lathe’
with Mike May and Tom Cousins.
An Introduction to the pole lathe making domestic utensils – dibbers, wellie boot holders and more if you’re fast enough!
Saturday 20th August.
10am – 4pm.

All courses are being held at The Dean Heritage Centre. They are run by local experienced green woodworkers and will be a great way to learn new skills or brush up on skills already learned.

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As part of the Foresters’ Forest partnership programme funded by the heritage lottery, The Rewild Project is running a series of FREE workshops.



Berryhill community orchardDesign a Forest Garden and Permaculture Orchard.

Learn how to design and implement an edible perennial space from a micro forest garden to a community orchard, including a look at the history of orchards and local heritage variety fruit trees.

Saturday 30th January. 10am-4pm. Berry Hill.

Pruning fruit tree using hand pruners or secateursPruning fruit trees.

Learn how to prune fruit trees to ensure healthier and productive trees.

Saturday 20th February. 10am-4pm. Ruardean.

bud graftingPropagation: learn how to graft your own fruit trees.

Learn about different root stock and how to graft your chosen variety fruit tree onto it, and take your tree home to plant!

Saturday 12th March. 10am-4pm. Newnham.

Planting a Forest garden at Feed BristolPlanting: learn how to plant fruit trees and fruit bushes.

Learn how to protect and care for your trees, including mulching and making aerated compost teas.

Sunday 13th March. 10am-4pm. Ruardean.


learn how to tap birch trees for sap. Including its uses and making a tasty fermented drink.

Saturday 19th March. 10am-4pm. Parkend.

The Edible Forests series of workshops is run by Scott Baine, local forest garden practitioner and community grower.


Make a green wood stool

An introduction to green woodworking with local coppice worker Jimbo Saunders.

Saturday 9th April. 10am till 4pm. Dean Heritage Centre.


Beginner’s day in Blacksmithing with local blacksmith Gareth Thomas.

Saturday 16th April. 10am till 4pm. Dean Heritage Centre.


Learn to make fish skin leather with Tanner Scott Baine.

Saturday 23th April. 10am till 4pm. Dean Heritage Centre.


Learn to drop spin and wheel spin with Stella Berg.

Saturday 14th May. 10am till 4pm. Coleford.


Places are limited so book early, to book a place e-mail: or telephone: 07811517096

Dates and locations are subject to change, if you are booked on a course we will let know of any changes by e-mail and this page will be updated regularly.