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How to use loppers

Loppers are a really useful tool to have in your Forest School kit. This free download gives guidance on how to introduce and use loppers safely with a group aged 4yrs and upwards.

Tool use & Traditional Crafts


This comprehensive guide covers the following areas:

  1. Preparation
  2. Introduction
  3. Description
  4. Transporting and passing
  5. Position and safety
  6. Using the tool
  7. Storage and maintenance
  8. Handy Hints

What you'll need

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Muddy Faces tool guides - How to use loppers

A Muddy Faces, free to download, guide: how to introduce and use loppers safely with a group aged 8 yrs+.

Download the pdf here:

HT use loppers

pdf, 2.47 MB

Learn about bypass and anvil blades in the activity below:

Bypass & anvil blades

Secateurs and loppers are an essential bit of kit to have in your forest school or outdoor classroom. Learn here how to choose the correct blade for the job & understand how each cutting action works.

Read More about Bypass & anvil blades

In our Shop:

Cat Loppers600

Loppers & Secateurs

Make gardening easy with these loppers and secateurs for pruning branches and twigs on bushes and trees.

Look at our OUTDOOR HUB activity: Bypass & anvil blades for more information about the differences in blade type.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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