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We aim to provide products for the local community, ensuring that the supply from
the woodland is within sustainable limits. Some of the items we already sell or plan
to sell are listed here. To order use the contact links.
traditional way of supporting peas - bundles of 10
7 - 8ft long, bundles of 10 (nicer than bamboo canes and not from as far away as
6ft, hazel or ash, used when laying hedges
Tree & Plant Supports
varying lengths for all sizes of plants
traditional woven fencing panels, available to order
great traditional way of sweeping leaves and worm casts from the lawn
Our services are available either on the Ruperra Woodland or on your own land. On
the woodland we offer guided walks and training courses. On your own land we can
offer contract management work.
Walks and Courses
We already have a regular programme of informative guided walks throughout the year
(see our News and Events page) to which all are welcome. These are intended to increase
people’s enjoyment and awareness of the woodland environment, and are open to all
ages. Particularly popular are the summer bat walks, where you can learn to identify
the bat calls by using special equipment, and bird and wildflower identification
walks. These are normally free.
Specialist courses in Dormouse handling, habitat management and survey training for
CCW licensing are available, run by experienced personnel. Please contact us for
Our next step is to run a series of courses for those who are interested in learning
a new skill or want to find out more about aspects of woodland management.
Planned future courses are as follows:
Woodland management skills
Wildlife walks and tours
Contract Management Work
Our experienced management team can offer their services if you need work done in
your own woodland or grounds. We can provide conservation management, hedge-laying,
creation and maintenance of nature areas in school grounds, tree planting and management
of new plantations. We have qualified and insured personnel available for herbicide
treatment work and ecological advice.
We have a range of cards, framed photos and other small gifts available, all with
images from Ruperra. There's also a book of woodland history, Memories of Coed Craig
If you want more information about our contract services, or are interested in our
products, gifts or courses, then please contact us by phone or email.
Here at Ruperra, we have 150 acres of natural resources from which we’re hoping to
create a sustainable income. The management of a woodland is an expensive and labour-intensive
process, but the Trust has looked back in time to see how the past can show us a
Woodlands have been used by people throughout history to provide the materials for
building houses and ships, heating, cooking, crafts, furniture, food, medicine and
many other needs. With the dawn of industrialization, felling and logging intensified
as society required more paper for printing and fuel for the great industrial furnaces,
and this increased through lengthy war years, depleting resources and seriously affecting
the associated biodiversity.
This history is reflected in the woodland of Coed Craig Ruperra. Turning back the
clock, we see evidence that the relatively new concept of sustainable management
was once the norm in woods throughout the country. Put simply, this means that what
was taken out of the woodland was done with a sensitivity as to how quickly this
would be naturally replaced, therefore maintaining a balance in the natural resources
and environment. Management of the woodland was carried out with a stewardship philosophy,
where civilization’s relationship to nature was regarded as symbiotic rather than
It is to this earlier management style and philosophy that Coed Craig Ruperra is
now returning. While a continuous supply of resources, with a respect for the natural
limitations of the land, was once the driver, today it is an increase in the wealth
of biodiversity, with those resources seen as a by-product of this management style.
Apart from this change in emphasis, the two styles are not so different and it’s
important to realise that there can be compatibility between the needs of wildlife
and of people.
As well as generating various products, the woodland is also used for educational
purposes by college groups, a local eco-tourism venture and the Trust itself. We
hope to increase these services in the future by running courses in woodland management
and woodcraft skills. We are also available as a contract team if you need some help
on your own land (see ‘Contract management work’ below).
To facilitate this, we’ve set up a Community Interest Company, Ruperra Countryside
Services, which will be our trading partner, handling the business side of things
with any profits going back to the Trust. So anything you buy from us helps to further
the woodland work.
You can order logs (or other wood) by emailing us at: