Alan Waters
A legend! A true countryman! Inspirational! Innovative!
Unrivalled coppicing and charcoal making knowledge!

Alan Waters passed away on 6th Feb 2024. Alan’s knowledge of coppicing was second to none. He started coppicing at 14 years of age continuing until the week before his passing at 78. His 42 plus years of knowledge and understanding of Charcoal making was probably the greatest in the UK and led to him being recognised by the European Association.

He was a founding member of the Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group and was instrumental is the establishment of both Hampshire and Dorset groups which, in turn, inspired other groups to be formed nationally leading to the creation of the National Coppice Federation.

Alan’s guidance, knowledge, inspiration and common sense will be missed by the group. He always tried to find easier and more productive ways to work and has always been happy to share his knowledge and thinking with others. He had been described by many as ‘A true countryman’, ‘Innovative’ and ‘A real gentleman of the countryside’.

Alan’s legacy will live on in SSCG in our memories. Rest in peace.