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)

Coppicing for Fuel & Crafts

Walk through mixed woodland coppice

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.

Willow Coppicing Guide

How to prune and coppice willow

An impressionistic view of Coppicing

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:

Coppicing sweet chestnut with chainsaw

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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Coppicing Hazel to aid the Dormice population

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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