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Building with timber in small woodlands



Date: Friday 05 July 2019

Instructors: Ken Hume M.Sc. (Executive Trustee) and Herbert Russell M.Sc. (Fellow) of The Oxfordshire Woodland Group 

Location:  Near Checkendon, South Oxfordshire (exact location to be confirmed to delegates prior to the event)


The course will be run in a small woodland in The Chiltern Hills in South Oxfordshire that was previously owned by Kenneth Rankin, founder of The Economic Forestry Group (EFG). Rankin underplanted the woodland (50% area) with Douglas fir, European larch, Western red cedar and Beech together with many other broad leaved trees between 1959 and 1963.

The course's key learning objectives are: 

How to build in woodlands using the permitted development approach.

How to utilise timber obtained from and in small woodlands.

How to generate (limited) income from small woodlands.

How to add (significant) capital value to small woodlands

How to obtain grant funding to support building in timber in woodlands

Duration: 10.00am to 3.30pm

Price: £60.00 for RFS members / £70.00 for non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.  Tea, coffee and water will be provided.

About the instructors:

Ken Hume is the Executive Trustee of The Oxfordshire Woodland Group and has been a trustee of this group for nearly 20 years. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and is a Registered Professional Engineer in North America. Herbert Russell is a Fellow of The Oxfordshire Woodland Group. Both Ken and Herbert hold Masters Degrees in Timber Building Conservation gained from Bournemouth University whilst studying at The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex. 

For the past 20 years Ken has been a timber building design, engineering and construction consultant specialising in windmill & vernacular building survey, recording & repair etc.  Herbert is a livestock farmer and a traditional timber frame carpenter specialising in the production of cleft timber products and traditional timber-framed buildings. Both have a desire to share their knowledge to a wider audience in order to maintain and grow the craft of timber-framing and in so doing to promote the active management of small woodlands. They have sought to demonstrate how this is possible by building using authentic local vernacular building traditions in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Oxfordshire by constructing a traditional 2 bay timber-framed cruck barn using only timbers grown and felled in the woodland.

Attending this course will give delegates a much better idea of what can be achieved by actively working with small woodlands.

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