I liked it when we filled the kiln with wood. It was great to see the charcoal that we made….I wonder what Miss Yeo will do with the bag that Katy gave us.
Take a tour around our beautiful working woodland. We have selected a range of pictures to show exactly what our woodland is like throughout the seasons. Click Here to Read More
Our woodland is great place for school children of all ages to come and learn about nature, environment and our woodland. Click Here to Read More.
We have a wide range of woodland projects for sale all created here! From Bio Char and Carcoal to garden planters. Click Here to Read More.
We have a number of projects and programmes that are run from our woodland. Click Here to Read More.
Welcome to Courage Copse Creatives
Courage Copse Creatives is a small woodland enterprise based in the Taw Valley, North Devon run by owner/managers Katy and Vince.
We specialise in producing woodland products that are both sustainable and ethical, in particular our top quality barbecue charcoal and Pure bioChar. The majority of our products are made from or grown in our own woodland, Courage Copse. We use low impact management methods including timber extraction with horses.
As well as being producers of various products we also run and host courses and workshops for both children and adults.
We would primarily consider ourselves as ‘craftworkers’. Whether that is when we are engaged in the heritage craft of charcoal making or coppicing, or crafting a piece of furniture from our harvested timber or crafting an exciting educational workshop!
What makes Courage Copse Special?
Courage Copse is an Ancient Woodland Site. To be classified as such there has to have been continuous tree cover since 1600. At present the crop on the site is conifer plantation. (In 1880 the broadleaf was cut down and replaced with fast growing mixed conifer species. This was common practise.) From evidence on the ground and talking to the previous estate owner we can tell the woodland was hazel coppice with oak standards. It is our Mission Statement to return Courage Copse back to its natural state using native species, mostly harvested from the woodland itself.
Woodland Historian, Oliver Rackham makes a clear distinction between forestry and ‘woodmanship’. By his definition forestry is the planting and management of plantations, usually of one or two species. ‘Woodmanship’ on the other hand is the process of working with the naturally grown trees and managing them to ‘yield successive crops of produce in perpetual succession.’
So at Courage Copse Creatives as we restore the woodland back to its native state, bringing the neglected coppice back into rotation and gradually removing the conifer, we are moving the management from forestry to Woodmanship.
By buying our products you are helping in the restoration of an ancient woodland site
News and Blog
Keep up to date with all the Courage Copse Creatives news and events with our blog. Click here to visit our blog.
I liked it when we walked around the forest and learnt the names of the different types of trees and plants.
Forches Cross Primary School Pupil
I appreciated all of the help I got from everyone on the course, as i have had no horse experience, this was much appreciated. I felt it was good value for money and, just to say the home cooked food was good. It was a nice sized group which meant everyone worked together well as a team.
Horse Logging Course Participant
Excellent charcoal! Best I’ve used.
Barbecue Charcoal Customer
Thank you for your warm hospitality on our recent visit to your lovely woodland. We came away inspired by your commitment.
Woodland Visit Participant
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At Courage Copse Creatives we welcome your help and support in restoring part of North Devon’s natural heritage by restoring Courage Copse back from a plantation to its native ancient woodland state.
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