Green Woodwork at the Cherry Wood Project
Teaching green woodwork, bushcraft and a variety of coppice skills, Cherry Wood is a 40 acre sustainably managed woodland situated in a sheltered valley branching from St. Catherine's Valley, five miles to the north east of the City of Bath.
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Planning Application Approval!
The 18th of July will go down in Planning, Cherry Wood, British Woodland and Green Woodwork history as to day we gained Planning Permission for mixed use Forestry and Education.
With much warmth and generosity of spirit the planning committee if 12 councillors voted unanimously in favour of granting permission for the Cherry Wood Project to continue.
The councilors had visited site on July the 3rd for a site inspection at which several of us were able to make representation and then to show them the structures. At the same time we had green woodwork demonstrations going on and a Steiner School group who were in the woods for some classes.
This all must have had the desired effect as several councilors spoke passionately in support of the project, its good works and educational benefits. It was all quit emotional to listen to.
Tim, Debs, Tay, Willow, past and current apprentices, cooks and all other members of the extended Cherry Wood Crew wholeheartedly thank each and every one of you who have supported this process.
Thank you for the 500+ letters of support which meant so much to the team and greatly influenced the committee and thank you for the personal messages of love and support we have received.
We look forward to seeing you all in the woods soon so that we can all celebrate this great victory for common sense.
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Look at what creating a coppice produces
Its a Heath Spotted Orchid - beautiful
What we are about!
The Cherry Wood Project is a sustainable woodland management project incorporating a green woodwork school where visitors can make stools, side chairs and arm chairs in a traditional way, using only hand tools. Among other courses available are earth oven building, making a pole lathe or shave horse, tool sharpening, bushcraft and more.
Cherry wood is a unique setting. Tim, his family and the Cherry Wood team live in the woodland in yurts full time and have done since Tim built the track into the wood 8 years ago. Everything in the wood from the round-timber framed barn to the wooden spoons in the kitchen have been made by hand. Much of the work, both construction and woodland management, has been done by volunteers using permaculture principles. 95% of materials come from the wood itself and much of the food on courses is grown or foraged from the land.
We believe it doesn't have to cost the Earth to have a good time. Cherry Wood is off grid. There is no mains power, no wifi hotspot and we prefer the sound of birdsong to the sound of mobile phones. You will eat wonderful fresh local food prepared in our outdoor kitchen and cooked on wood fires. The cakes and pizzas are legendary! The compost toilets are airy and have fantastic views. The shower, heated by wood, is often described as ' better than our shower at home'. We even have a romantic wood fired bush-bath and a sauna! There is also a lake for wild swimming. Entertainment is sitting together around the table or campfire, talking and swapping stories, musicians are always welcome!
You can bring your own tent or stay in one of the rustic but cosy log cabins. We promise you a taste of a genuinely sustainable lifestyle besides the skills you learn on the course and the creation you take home with you.
Arrival is from 9.30am. Courses begin promptly at 10.00am, running through until 6.00pm. Please see 'Course Dates' for the details, ' What is green woodwork?' for background, and click here for a booking form.
Green woodworking, and other courses - an original and imaginative present!
Buy a course as a gift, the perfect present - many of our students have been introduced to green woodworking and had the opportunity to getaway and try something new from receiving a course as a gift. Contact Tim Gatfield for details. Cards and vouchers are available now.
Volunteers always welcomed, skilled and un-skilled. Give me a ring and spend a day in the woods.
tel: 07921 361484
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