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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 will be joined by Ed Revill, a pioneer in biochar producing technologies and applied biochar techniques developed as part of his system no-till farming in South Wales. Ed will be demonstrating other small scale methods of making biochar, in particular the heat capturing wood gasifying stoves he build.
Food is provided with and dinner on the first day will be made with Ed Revill’s mobile biochar producing kitchen!





Course 1: 1st Sept 2018


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, plus baking sourdough bread in biochar producing ovens.

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

Ed Revill: Ed has been a vegetable grower for over 20 years, running a smallholding in South Wales where he has been developing biochar producing heart sources (such as hot water and cooking systems) and running courses on using Combined Heat and Biochar (CHB) for use in conjunction with agroforestry type cropping systems, including food forest, forest garden and alley cropping systems. (‘Full cycle biochar’).

He works as an independent consultant, conducts workshops, builds and installs biochar producing heat sources and instructs in the use of biochar in mulch based growing systems (both cover crop or transported mulches) with a view to addressing issues relating to the decomposition and loss of soil/mulch carbon. He also teaches appropriate use of biochar within soil based perennial cropping systems (including pasture).


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 25% non-refundable deposit to secure a place on the course.

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