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Come and join us for this one day course and learn how to make and apply biochar at Coed Talylan a 70 acre woodland in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.
We will take you through the whole process of traditional charcoal making using a ring kiln as well as looking at other methods specifically used to produce biochar.

We are particularly interested in the role of mychorrhizhal fungi in building soil carbon and how biochar can play a role in augmenting soil proliferation of glomeromycota.
Lunch is provided, a BBQ (of course!), with food grown on the land or sourced locally.





Course 1: 12th October 2019

Course 2: 13th October 2019

Coed Talylan Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income and includes food, accommodation and materials:

  • Up to 14K/year £70
  • 14K-20K/year £85
  • 20K upwards £95

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in making charcoal for various applications but certainly for those with an desire to know more about how to apply charcoal for horticultural and agricultural purposes. The use of charcoal for agricultural purposes is an important element in the soil fertility management at Coed Talylan. We have a unique opportunity to share these techniques with you alongside the various techniques to produce charcoal.

You will learn

  • How to load a kiln with the right material 
  • How to light the kiln safely and manage the ‘burn’ in a traditional ring-kiln
  • Understand when the kiln is ready to be shut-down and carry out this procedure
  • Empty the kiln and process the charcoal for some of its many uses
  • How to build stable soil carbon on farms, gardens or allotments.
  • Reversing the causes of climate change by enriching soil
  • Carbon capture, learning about soil carbon keys.
  • Modelling landscapes for soil carbon enrichment.
  • Full Cycle Biochar.

Learning methods and outcomes

The course is very much practice based alongside the essential scientific principles that help to elucidate the processes involved in pyrolysis. Participants will get first hand experience of the materials, tools and techniques involved in the preparation, making and processing of charcoal.

Course Instructors


Coed Talylan is a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community setting.

Accommodation is available for camping around our guest lodge, an A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running filtered spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.


Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.

  • Up to 14K/year £70
  • 14K-20K/year £85
  • 20K upwards £95

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students

See the Coed Talylan: Terms and Conditions.

Booking and Paying for your place

To book a place on the course contact us by phone or e-mail and we’ll send you a booking form. Please note that we ask that you pay a £20 non-refundable deposit to secure a place on the course.

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