Each year a number of woodland managment projects are undertaken, from small woodland thins to full scale coppice coups. Coppicing is a traditional, sustainable and productive form of woodland management.
In a coppiced wood, trees are regularly cut off at ground level, causing many rods (rather than one large trunk) to grow from the stump or 'stool'. The rods that grow from the stool are straight and long and can be used for many crafts and products. Most of our native trees will coppice well, with the most common species including hazel, ash, oak, birch, alder, and sweet chestnut.
Coppicing is great for wildlife as it allows light into the woods, causing a burst of growth and flowering of the woodland plants, increasing the diversity of species and creating a variety of vegetation heights within the wood. A coppiced woodland will encourage a wide diversity of insects, plants and animals to flourish such as woodland edge butterflies; in a derelict coppiced woodland, many of these species are likely to disappear.
All kinds of tree felling and woodland managment contracts are undertaken, no matter the size, so please get in touch if you would like a site visit or advice on a any tree work.