A traditional willow charcoal burners hut
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Charcoal Burning

In partnership with Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group, we have developed a field-trip for upper Key Stage 2 students focusing on what was once an important aspect of our forest industry and economy: charcoal burning. This interactive programme takes place in Outwoods near Loughborough, and broadly encompasses Science, History and Art. Students will learn about the history of charcoal-burning. They will participate in a modern-day charcoal-burning session, and will learn about what happens to wood when it’s put in the kiln. There are many opportunities for first-hand scientific inquiry, including measuring the temperature of the inside of the kiln across the day. They will also explore charcoal as an art material, and there are opportunities to use charcoal creatively. This field-trip is available across the Summer term, and in Autumn 1. To find out more, please contact Kevin Banton: chairman@heartwoodhof.org.uk

For access to the resources, please email skilby@nationalforest.org.