Small Woodland Owners Group (SWOG)

SWOG is open to all small woodland owners and  was formed to aid the enjoyment, conservation and biodiversity of British woodland. The site is frequently updated and has an active forum. The group has regular meetings throughout the year and a monthly newsletter. Free of charge and sponsored by

Small woodland owners discuss plants

Forestry Commission

Butterfly conservation

Small Woods Association (SWA)

Understanding woodland jargon:  Part one,   Part 2

Woods for sale:

Coppice groups

Surrey and Sussex Coppice group (Kent too)

Hampshire Coppice group

Dorset Coppice group

Coppice Association North West

Training courses and advertising

WoodNet connects timber growers and wood users in South East England, encouraging working practices that help growers to sell their wood profitably while caring for the environment.  WoodNet publishes an on-line WoodLots Directory and runs training courses and events at the Woodland Enterprise Centre,  Flimwell, East Sussex

Ecolots - environmentally friendly free ads.

The Netherfield Centre - Most courses based near Battle, East Sussex

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers: BTCV - Groups all over the UKoffering resources, free events and training in countryside tasks. 

Malvern Coppicing: Offered 2 day coppice training courses  at the glorious Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, Alfrick, Worcestershire, which is a 50 acre privately owned nature reserve.

Woodland Skills centre: Offering a wide range of coppice, greenwood, woodland and other traditional crafts in the Clwydian Range AONB in north-east Wales.

Esus Forestry and woodlands:  High quality courses suitable for levels of experience, including specialised coppice courses. Some grant funding may be available. 

Orchard Barn: Courses, Events and Volunteering - building traditional skills, green oak timber framing, local oaks - hand conversion


Managing hedges for dormice PTES

Managing hedges

Foresters, Coppice workers and courses

Rother forestry:  Well known for its tree surgery and conscientious coppice and woodland management and wetland habitat services, each of which is based on sustainable forestry practices. The company supplies and erects a range of traditional fencing, and is able to quote for all your bespoke projects.

Say it with wood:   Woodland services.
Felling, Extraction, Mobile sawmilling. Chestnut Fencing sold and fitted.
Based in Herefordshire.
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Yorkshire Hurdles: is a woodland management and craft business, run by partners Geoff Norton and Angela Cole. We manage woodland in a traditional way, extracting materials which are used for our range of products and services. We make our living from the woodlands, as we improve their ecological, economic, social and cultural importance

Sylvan Environmental Enterprises: "SEE the wood for the trees" Specialists in the management of ancient semi-natural woodland and low-impact timber extraction, horse drawn timber extraction, coppice restoration and storing, wildlife habitat creation and restoration woodland landscaping & ride management
Management plans, grant applications & FSC certification
Training courses in horse drawn timber extraction, woodland management & green woodworking SE England
Contact: Frankie & Graham Woodgate
T: 01233 850418
M: 07929 202963 or 07815 791977
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(See more about horse logging here and here.)

John Waller, Underwoodsman Ltd, operating in West Kent/East Sussex. Coppicing to supply materials for coppice products ranging from wattle and gate hurdles and continuous weave fencing, furniture, willow baskets and living willow structures.  07788 748618

Alan Sage: Offers a comprehensive range of bespoke coppice products, services and training in Kent. From managing woodlands to designing you a spoon. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Godinton House, Godinton Lane
Ashford, Kent
TN23 3BP

 Redstone willow weaving, Cheshire. Redstone Willows, have been growing willow in Cheshire since 2002.  Located near to the Cheshire / Staffordshire Border, we now grow in excess of 100 varieties of Willow, many of which are ideal for basketry. We also run workshops, install living willow structures and make Willow Sculptures on commission.

 Willow Woman: Christine Llewelln has been making baskets for 10 years from her workshop in W Sussex. She runs courses and renews chair and stool seating with natural English or Dutch rush. 

Forest Garden Shovelstrode, based outside Ashurstwood in Sussex  is running courses in traditional woodland crafts including green woodworking, basketry, bee keeping, flint knapping, to name but a few.  For more information please visit our website.

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Comments on this article

annette thresher 5 November, 2012

hi, my partner and i are thinking of buying some woodlands next year but only want an acre or so in sussex, any ideas where i could look?
many thanks

Tom Cann 11 December, 2012

hi Im looking for a small parcel of woodland in kent of about an acre.

Does anyone have any ideas where we could start looking?

Many thanks guys

Tom Cann

Ben Bianchi 4 January, 2013

Hi I'm looking for wood to coppace in Essex can anyone help?
Thanks Ben Bianchi 07563766133

Nick Egan 24 January, 2013

I am looking for small area offer mature chestnut and mixed wood to work with the owner.

Please call Nick at Ask Landscape Solutions

Martin riley 10 February, 2013

Looking to buy or rent woodland in Northants area for coppice, firewood. Hardwood prefered. 07885 811029 13 February, 2013

I am thinking of selling some of my wood in east sussex, if anyone is looking!

Michael Jeffries 29 May, 2013

I am looking/trying to buy a small woodland,one to four acres,can be part woodland part pasture,as near as poss to Walton-on Thames Surrey,if anyone can help/advice,I would be happy to share/help someone who already has a wood,I am a gardener by trade,and very very hard working,and very reliable.I am a new swog member.please feel free to phone me 7days,9am/9pm.

Jake 3 June, 2013

I am a woodsman looking for Hazel/sweet chesnut coppice to work in East sussex. Any suggestions? Jake 07592 353845

gary macklin 17 September, 2013

hi i run a coppice business based in county durham with my girlfriend, we are free lance coppice workers that undertake small scale woodland management including coppice, ride management,felling and extraction, hedge layering, charcoal production and tutorials, we would love to be able to have a link on your fantastic site

phill 11 November, 2013

I am looking for some 3 inch rustic poles to make garden furniture I live in bedfordshire cheers

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