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Wood craft demonstrations

Childen watching a hurdle being built

As part of the Wychwood Forest History Box initiative the Wychwood Project are able to arrange for a woodsman to visit your school to make some traditional hurdles.

The hurdle making process helps to demonstrate the correct use of nineteenth century woodsman tools such as a froe and a billhook. Examples of which can be found in the history box.

Our demonstrator is Mark Oakey, a third generation woodsman with a wealth of knowledge on the type of traditional forest work carried out in Wychwood Forest in the 19th Century.

If you are studying the section on "Working Life in the Forest" then a visit from Mark will help to bring this learning to life with practical demonstrations and plenty of time for children to ask questions. He can make coppice hurdles on your school site which can remain there as a feature thereafter.

Sessions are for a half day of full day which allows for a number of classes to see him at work.

To book a woodcraft demonstration please email the Wychwood Project Learning Officer.