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  • Coppice & woodland management
  • Training courses
  • Coppice rotation plans
  • Management plans undertaken.
  • Grant applications
  • Seasoned firewood available for delivery

 

The traditional craft of coppicing by Phil Hopkinson

Helping restore local woodland

All about coppicing

Coppicing is the traditional craft of sustainably managing native English deciduous woodland which involves the cutting of the tree stool (stump) down to ground level. New shoots and suckers develop from these parent plants.

Because the root system is already present, the first years new growth can be over 2 metres, creating a dense green habitat rich in flora.

It has been the woodland management system in England for hundreds of years. The woodland is divided up into equal coups (compartments) equal to the coppice rotation period.

For example an Ash woodland might be cut on a 20 year cycle. It would be divide up into 20 coups of equal size so that the same volume of produce would be harvested each year creating a sustainable resource. A patchwork quilt effect of bio diverse habitats is created allowing plants and wildlife to thrive rather than being pushed out by ever thickening undergrowth.

Species that can be coppiced include Ash, Oak, Alder, Sweet Chestnut, hazel and Birch.

 

All pictures have been taken by myself in woodlands that I have worked.

 

Phil Hopkinson