Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management which takes advantage of the fact that many trees make new growth from the stump or roots if cut down.
In a coppiced wood, young tree stems are repeatedly cut down to near ground level.
In subsequent growth years, many new shoots will emerge, and, after a number of years the coppiced tree, or stool, is ready to be harvested, and the cycle begins again.
(The noun "coppice" means a growth of small trees or a forest coming from shoots or suckers)
A walk through a 1 acre coppice including hazel, oak, chestnut, larch, birch, wild pear, ash, spruce, western hemlock, cherry and white willow. This is adjacent to the Fruitwise heritage apple orchard.
A sunny day in late February, shows how big newly planted trees can grown in 15 years. Discussion of some of the uses of common trees.
An impressionistic view of Coppicing,
a traditional method of woodland
management in which young tree stems
are cut down to ground level. In
subsequent years, new shoots will
emerge, and, after a number of years
the coppiced tree is ready to be
harvested, and the cycle begins again.
Featuring Alan Waters of Wild Wood Charcoal & Coppice Products based in West Sussex. Contact Alan by emailing him on: email@example.com
Bill Jones explains to us how Coppicing can be done.
Please Note that this tutorial is dangerous and should only be done if you are qualified to use a chainsaw and have all the safety equipment.
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Staff and volunteers at Slapton Ley Field Centre & National Nature Reserve carry out coppicing in a Hazel woodland on the NNR, an ancient practise now employed to aid the local population of Dormice.
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