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Our woodland provides a space for craftspeople, volunteers, archaeologists and members of the public to discover more about the lives of people from our shared past.
It is a working woodland, which has been ever evolving over the years, with an aim of becoming a centre for ancient and traditional crafts, knowledge sharing and experimental archaeology. Explore the Education page for more information.
The team who run the site have backgrounds in forestry, archaeology, traditional woodworking, forest schooling, farming and timber framing.
We use our woodland as a studio, an experimental building site, a timber resource and a classroom.
We are looking to kick off 2021 with a new regular fortnightly volunteer programme for those committed to preserving traditional crafts and interested in learning ancient skills.
We are looking to expand our team of treewrights to help turn Newhaven Coppice into the hub of experimental archaeology it is destined to be.
Richard Devaney, Miranda Gent, Alex Harwood and Marc Cox manage a piece of woodland and orchard in the heart of the Blackdown Hills AONB on the Somerset Devon border. Over the last couple of years they have begun resinstating the hazel coppice alongside managing the remaining woodland for a variety of traditional uses; from cider to charcoal, gates to bowls.
In 2018, Newhaven Coppice opened its gates to community groups, schools and anyone interested in learning about our native woodland heritage. To compliment and bring the incredibly deep and diverse world of our ancestors to life, we are well on the way to creating an archaeologically accurate representation of an Anglo-Saxon farmstead.