Our Purpose is to ensure that the coppicing skills of Bill Hogarth MBE are recognised for their full worth and their continuity secured through a broad-based apprenticeship.
BHMAT is always interested in finding new sponsors. If you are involved in the coppice industry and would like to talk to someone about becoming a sponsor, or would like to become more involved with the Trust, please get in touch using the contact page.
HELP! Crowd Funding Project
We've launched a crowd funding project with Buzzbnk to try and raise enough money to sponsor two new apprentices.
You can support our project in different ways:
November 2013 Newsletter
Download a copy of the November 2013 Newsletter (1 MB - requires Adobe PDF Reader).
See previous publications on the news page.
Woodland Pioneers runs in September each year The week is intended to target people who are interested in the apprenticeship scheme, coppicing and/or woodland crafts. There are usually four days' worth of courses (a different course each day) followed by a selection of taster sessions on the fifth day. Participants are able to register for a certificate, which will then allow them to apply for the BHMAT coppicing apprenticeship scheme anywhere within the UK.
See photos from previous years.
CANW's Weekend in the Woods
Coppice Association North West's Weekend in the Woods course is held each year in May. For more details please see their website: coppicenorthwest.org.uk.
To see photographs from the 2012 Weekend in the Woods course, held last May, please visit their website.
The BHMAT Apprenticeship Scheme
The scheme, validated by Ascentis (formerly known as the Open College North West), is a three year Diploma course. BHMAT takes on two or three apprentices each year. The apprentices are based with a coppice business and receive specialist training in all aspects of the coppice industry. Each apprentice receives a small bursary of £3000 pa plus they can receive recompense for work within their placement. Assessment is based on practical skills and a percentage of written coursework. Successful apprentices are awarded the Bill Hogarth Coppice Diploma and are fully equipped at the end of three years to set up their own coppice business.
To be eligible to apply to either the BHMAT scheme (specific to the North of England) or the National Coppice Apprenticeship Scheme (NCAS) run through the Green Wood Centre (also based on the BHMAT model but now running nationally) applicants must have attended a Woodland Pioneers week course with either BHMAT (see above) or NCAS.
The "Bill Hogarth MBE Coppice Merchant" BookThe book Bill was writing when he died in 1999, edited by Alan Shepley and published by Wood Education Programme Trust, is available from BHMAT for £6.50 (P&P: £1.50 within UK mainland, £3 for elsewhere).
All profits will be shared equally between BHMAT and the Wood Education Programme Trust. Contact details are here.
BHMAT would like to thank the following organisations for the grants they have awarded to the trust:
BHMAT is always looking for grants and donations to fund our apprentices and the Woodland Pioneers week. Please contact us if you think you may be able to help or know someone that can.
Images on this site are taken from Bill Hogarth's own collection and that of BHMAT members and the Wood Education Programme Trust. © Mrs Pat Hogarth, BHMAT, WEP and originators. Permission for reproduction in any format must be requested
Bill Hogarth MEMORIAL APPRENTICESHIP TRUST Charity no. 1096755