Coppicing



Why coppice woodlands?

When most trees are cut back to ground level as part of a coppice, they quickly sprout new shoots. These new heads of shoots can grow up to six feet high in a year, and can be harvested every 7 to 15 years. Far from damaging the tree this treatment extends its life well beyond that of a tree left to grow naturally.

The regular cutting of the coppice, usually Hazel, allows sunlight to reach the ground which encourages the growth of plants such as bluebells, whose carpet of blue in spring is a well loved feature of old woods. Wildlife benefits because the coppice is divided into compartments that are cut in rotation which provides a variety of habitats from open ground to dense thickets. Copiices also contain larger trees such as oak grown as "standards" for timber.

Coppicing is a renewable resource allowing the harvest of wood for a variety of uses such as withies for basket weaving, rods for hurdles, fence posts, tool handles, charcoal and of course stakes (the verticals) and binders (to finish off the top) for hedge laying.

We generally harvest hazel coppice from woodland sites near to our hedges on the first session and cut more if needed at a later date.


Coppice sites

Hazelwood Copse

Tinkers Copse

Jocks Copse

Piggy Wood

Whitegrove Copse

Hayley Green Wood

 

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