Bill Hogarth

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.
Rusland Valley Apprentices
BHMAT have now appointed 2 coppice apprentices to be based in the Rusland Valley.

These are three year placements where trainees will set up their own coppicing business in their final year.
Woodland Pioneers 2015

We've uploaded all the photos from WP 2015.
Please view and share them!: Woodland Pioneers 2015

Can't wait until September for more courses? Then pop over to the Coppice Association North West's website where they're hosting Weekend In The Woods 2016 in May.
Massive Success with our Crowd Funding Project!

A huge THANK YOU to all our kind donators!

Karl Bibby, Paula Keary, Sam Robinson, Mike Carswell, Lorna Singleton, Edward Mills, Rachel Harries, Amanda Hancock, Steven Pratt, S James, Richard Leach, Di Larfynn, Giles Watts, Sara Giesz, Chris Vrionides, Anne Vrionides, Bridget Barling, Alex Turkington, John Burgess, Genevieve Stone, Maria Adamson, Jo Wheatley, Mary Lewis, Ruth Jennings, Peter Tatham, Joe Stupple, Tim Hughes, Emma Brierley, Deni Riach, Sam Ansell, Bill Oakes, Liz Sourbut, Ian Taylor, D V Goodier, Jane Rynne, Felicity Stout, Richard Lester, Bill Lloyd, Dan Johnston, Andrew Mathias, Matthew Simon, Andrew Woodcock, Claire Godden, Peter Quelch, Tony Morgan, Amanda Bingley, Rebecca Oaks, Clare Symonds, Keith Wilson, Ruth Pybus, Tim Collingridge, Neil Stirling, Roy Henderson, Lorena Gibb, Peter Yeo, Nora Kasanicka, Louis Le Glas, Joe Godden, Ian + Susan Pettman, Valerie Stevens, Mark Vrionides, Peter + Pat Lennon, Owen Jones, Jennifer + Tom Shay, Peter Hensman, Naomi Bowen, Sara Nolan, Ian + Celia Hunter

With help from your kind donations we've been able to appoint new apprentices in 2014 and 2015. We now have 4 - see the updated 'people' page for introductions!

We're also planning to appoint 2 new apprentices after this year's Woodland Pioneers - for the Rusland valley - so spread the word and get anyone interested to book on!

The BHMAT team

June 2015
The BHMAT Apprenticeship Scheme
The scheme 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" Book
The 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:

ERNEST COOK TRUST - learning from the land since 1952
Friends of the Lake District work to protect and conserve the landscapes of Cumbria and the Lake District. They support sustainable woodland management and the work of the BHMAT.
Arnside/Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Defra - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
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