Charcoal-making and woodland day
Learn how to make charcoal and practice woodland skills in our beautiful Loder Valley.
10.30am – 4.30pm
Meet 10.30am at the Loder Valley entrance in Ardingly. Full details and a map will be sent to you via email before the event
Wakehurst and Kew members: £63
Includes garden entry and car parking
This full-day workshop in the heart of our woodland will provide you with the skills to understand timber selection, fire lighting and all the knowledge you need to run your own kiln.
Your day will be led by experienced Loder Valley Ranger, Steven Robinson, who has 25 years knowledge of crafting charcoal. The day’s activities will be based around a 6ft ring kiln along with smaller oil drum kilns, and you'll see the whole process in action.
Included in your day:
- Timber selection
- Site location
- Loading and firing the kiln
- Shutting the kiln down
- Preparing artist charcoal and placing in the kiln
- Unloading, grading and bagging charcoal
- Looking at our woodland archeology, discovering old saw pits and charcoal-burning sites
- Flint and steel
- Feather sticks
- Ferro road and striker
- Sundance solar fire starter
- We will also look at tinder material, fire preparation and charcloth making
- Bring food to cook on the fire or barbeque
- Dress for the weather as you will be outside all day – long sleeves, trousers and fully enclosed shoes
- The day will be spent in the woods based around a campfire for heating and cooking
- Please note there are no toilet facilities in the woods
Please note, the terrain you will encounter is undulating and steep in places and it's not suitable for wheelchairs. Please contact us directly if you may have difficulty with accessibility.