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                              Centre Scottish Woodland Skills
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                              Woodland Skills Centre
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Courses and events

We run a regular and varied programme of courses though out the year.

All courses dates are on our Google calendar, see below. New courses are frequently added as demand dictates - so keep checking. Changes to course dates, new dates and special offers are also promoted on our Facebook page.

If you don't see the course activity or dates you are looking for please ask

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Here is a list of regular courses and activities that take place at the Centre. Click on each course title to see a description of each course, costs, times and photographs. Please look on the calendar to find when a course or activity is programmed to take place. If you can not find a date please email me as some courses will only take place if we have enough interest.
An introduction to green woodworking

Make a pole lathe or a shavehorse to take home

Make BBQ charcoal and charcoal pencils using a traditional charcoal kilns

Coppice crafts

Wood carving

Spoon carving

Bowl carving

Learn how to correctly use, maintain and sharpen a variety of woodworking hand tools

Basic chainsaw use and maintenance for the home user

Beginners guide to woodland management

Using wood fuel to heat your homeHome users chainsaw course

Bushcraft - fire making, cooking, shelter building


Basketry and willow weaving

Make traditional longbows

Youth activity days

Knife making and sgian-dubh making

Introduction to using a forge

Green wood furniture making

Family and group activity sessions

Tree climbing techniques and rope-work for the beginner

Traditional tool making

A guide to apple tree pruning

Youth residential activity camp

Hedge laying

Make a hand carved wooden sign

Make a wooden canoe paddle

If you do not see a date on the calendar for the course you are interested in please email me. Many of our courses are repeated regularly through out the year, but some less popular ones will only run once a year or when there is enough demand, so please contact us to get your name on the waiting list.

Abilities and age limits

sawWe are able to accommodate all abilities and ages for most of our courses. During the week the wood yard is also a working timber yard and therefore all children (under 16yrs old) need to be supervised at all times. Several of our courses involve the use of very sharp tools or require a certain level of strength and dexterity that many very young children (under 7) will not manage - so please ask if you think this may be an issue.  There are no steps or steep slopes on site and so access is possible for wheel chairs and push chairs. 

                                      Arts & Grafts /  07580778700

Community treeCycleThe Scottish Woodland Skills Centre is part of Community treeCycle Community Interest Company, Registered SC396287. Community treeCycle is a social enterprise that works with young unemployed to offer a local professional tree, garden and woodland management service to the general public. We also offer volunteering opportunities for locals, community groups and businesses.