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The Dynamic Heritage of Woodland Management: Destruction, Renewal and the Art of Coppicing

In February, I spent a day on a coppicing course in the Cotswold Hills, with Cotswold Rural Skills. Coppicing is an ancient form of woodland management, which involves the chopping down of trees close to ground level for the extraction of timber and in order to encourage new growth. 1,093 more words

Fancy February

February has seen some huge developments at the farm! Heritage and Sons construction came to the farm to install several new water troughs in the fields and to provide water to our vegetable beds so that during the summer months we don’t have to find miles and miles of hose pipes! 230 more words

Bug out shelter

At the weekend we were coppicing down the bottom of the wood where there is no shelter. (Well, there is no shelter anywhere in the wood since various tarpaulins blew away.)  I was already setting aside some of the good straight coppice poles so we hurriedly fixed a ridge pole and some diagonals and laid the tarp on top to keep us mostly dry whilst we ate our cheese sarnies. 34 more words

What Are We Doing In The Wood?

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