9. Jan, 2017

Coppicing

Some of the Friends have been practicing the ancient art of coppicing in one of the woods on the reserve. As well as a vital source of materials for a variety of rural crafts, coppicing, is a recognised method of woodland management. A healthy wood, maximum diversity, maintains a good balance between its canopy, understory, field & ground layers. Conservation practices are used to maintain this balance, coppicing being one of them. The coppicing is carried out on an annual cycle moving through the wood and then returning to the first coppiced area in, let's say 7 years, to start the cycle again. Coppicing also rejuvenates the trees, some coppice stools are hundreds of years old and are an important genetic link back to ancient woodlands