Visit Selsdon Woods for coppicing and charcoal-making

Selsdon Woods nature reserve needs volunteers to help coppicing

Selsdon Woods nature reserve needs volunteers to help with the annual coppicing

The Friends of Selsdon Wood are holding its annual charcoal-making event this bank holiday weekend, May 24 to 26.

The Friends’ team will be led by Neale Fox, but more helpers are welcome to volunteer.

Timings may vary depending on the weather but all being well, on Saturday May 24, starting at around 10am, the Friends will be setting up in the coppice area at the top of Langford’s Way and loading the kiln with a view to lighting it at around sunset.

On Sunday May 25 they will complete the burn and then shut down the kiln allowing it to cool over Sunday night. Also on Sunday, they will cut and bag logs from any wood that was not needed for the burn.

On Monday May 26 they will unload the kiln and bag the charcoal ready for sale.

Selsdon Wood mapNeale Fox will be camping out to monitor everything overnight. “If anyone else fancies a night under the stars they are welcome to join in,” the organisers say.

“It is great fun meeting people and doing something productive outdoors and we would love to have your help even for a short time especially on Saturday or Monday. If you would like to be involved please contact Neale directly on and he will let you have up-to-date details of our plans.”

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