Join us and Leeds Coppice Workers Cooperative for a day of networking and visioning in Hetchell Woods

Join us for a day set in the inspiring location of Leeds Coppice Workers’ woodland camp, in the middle of a mixed coppice woodland – Hetchell Wood –  providing an opportunity for tailored, in-depth conversation on the topics most important to you. This event is open to anyone running or setting up a woodland social enterprise in the North of England, although space is limited, so booking ahead is essential.

Questions will be invited in advance, on topics under any of these headings:

  • Woodland social enterprise – business models and community structures
  • Well-being programmes in a woodland setting
  • Woodland management and conservation
  • Woodland products – making and selling
  • Woodlands, wildness, people and change – how do community initiatives like ours respond to contemporary politics and society?

The day will take place outdoors, with sessions around the campfire, a shared lunch cooked over the fire, and a chance to walk, whittle and talk.  There is cover in case of rain, and a compost loo and a natural spring source of water on site. We suggest that all attendees bring a MUG, SPOON, BOWL and maybe a plate too.

The day will be led by Mark Simmonds from Co-op Culture and James Benson and Tom Coxhead from Leeds Coppice Workers. Provisional programme as follows:

9.30 – 10.00 Meet at Car Park on Milner Lane, LS23 6NA. Latecomers ring 07920095540 for directions as we won’t wait after 10!
10.00 – 11.30 Welcome and introductions around the fire –

Who is here?

What do we want from today?

11.30- 13.05 Woodland walk and talk. Exploring the site and its management.
13.05 Shared lunch of soup, bread and salad.
13.45 – 14.45 Practical crafts and skill sharing:

A chance to rest brains and continue conversations from the morning. Bring a hatchet, knife or anything else you wish.

14.45 – 16.05 Group sessions:

1. Membership, structure & land.

2. Facilitated from the above topics.

16.05 – end Tea and cake. Wash-up.

What have we got from the day? What do we want more of?

16.35 approx  Depart

Contact on the day

  • Tom Coxhead, 07920095540


To book your place:

Email Norman Dandy on or call 01993 810 730

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