Come and join us for this practical workshop where you will learn the history and theory of this ancient practice - and how to make your own, simply and inexpensively from waste wood.
Biochar is a wonderful soil enhancer that traps carbon, retains water and increases soil biodiversity, whilst at the same time releasing nutrients from the soil.
History and theory of Biochar
Why we need it today.
Types of kilns.
Construction of a simple kiln.
Charcoal to Biochar
How to make small scale at home.
Make some charcoal !
We will fire up a simple to make large scale kiln to see how it's done and you will each construct a small micro-kiln.
Participants will leave with some charcoal to experiment with and a micro-kiln to make some more at home - and the information to make on a large scale if they wish.
This workshop is a mixture of theory and hands on.
Our aim is that you should leave with the knowledge and confidence to easily make some Biochar yourself on a small or large scale.
No prior practical experience necessary.
Unfortunately, this workshop is not suitable for children.
Lunch can be provided by the venue for £11 - let us know.
Grant Pirnie - Engineer and woodworker.
Grant has a background in engineering and runs his own woodwork business - when he's not running training workshops.
Venue: Newbold House, Forres
Newbold House is a beautiful Victorian mansion set in 7 acres of gardens and woodland.
The Newbold Trust is committed to the idea of building a culture of sustainability, both as a community and as a social enterprise.
Located at: 111 St Leonard's Road, Forres. IV36 2RE
More information on Newbold HERE
Fees and Date
Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.
Course Ref: BIOCHAR18
This course will run on TBA
10 am till 4.30pm
See our Terms and Conditions
Tell us the course and date you are interested in and we will send you a booking form and further information.