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Coppicing - and a surprise bug

We have been coppicing a new area of the copse, trying to get some sort of rotation going. The last three years efforts look good. A friend helped and we did about 10 stools, it doesn’t sound much but some were large. 65 more words


Coppiced or pollarded?

The pruning of the lower branches of this tree has resulted in vertical growth. There are many examples of them in Petersham Park, Sydney, Australia. What a journey we have been on this morning, to find out the definition of this form of pruning! 128 more words


Coppicing for better winter colour

Coppicing refers to pruning shrubs and some trees close to the base of the plant.  Late winter is the best time to coppice and pollard. It promotes colourful young stems, ornamental foliage and rejuvenates plants that tolerate hard pruning. 152 more words

Oh dear, oh deer

In the winter we coppiced a bay tree (Laurus nobilis), which had rather got out of hand. Some of the wood has been given to a woodworking friend to see if it will turn, it seems a fine grained wood, which smelled rather nice when being cut up. 50 more words


#amwriting: When reality meets fantasy

Over the weekend, I discovered how to make charcoal, in a sustainable way, learning how it was done in medieval Europe. Of course, I learned about this by going to the internet, to one of my favorite go-to sites for research: … 723 more words


Aaand..., we're back!

It has been a busy winter!

A total of 2,500 trees have been planted – mainly native oak, alder and birch. A section of over-stood hazel has been cleared in order to bring this area into a coppice rotation and new fences have been erected to protect all of this. 467 more words


A Low Weald walk - bluebells and mud.

4th May met Steve at the station and trained it to Burgess Hill, a little north of the Chalk hills and in the clay vale.  We foolishly thought a week of dry weather would make the footpaths easy to walk, but we were wrong.   314 more words

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