|Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management, which takes advantage of the fact that many trees make new growth from the stump or roots when cut down. In a coppiced wood, young tree stems are repeatedly cut down to near ground level. In subsequent growth years, many new shoots will emerge and after a number of years the coppiced tree, or stool, is ready to be harvested, and the cycle begins again. |
Usually Hazel which is coppiced on a 7 year cycle allowing the cut stools to re-grow during each cycle for either traditional fencing or firewood. Other species that coppice well are Ash, Oak and Alder.
Using these methods we can tailor a management plan for your woodland splitting the woodland into smaller compartments enabling you to harvest wood from these compartments every year on a 7-year full rotation coppicing. This method of woodland management has been used for many generations but has been lost in some under managed woodlands. Many management companies have reverted to full impact management and clear felling rather than yearly cycle management favoring to strip the profits from the wood in a single year which whilst having its benefits does mean the woodland is then stripped for many years to come and will take in excess of 50 to 80 years before it will become profitable again.
Continuous cover management enables the owner to retain his woodland canopy whilst still extracting renewable timber from within the woodland, better for the wildlife within the woodland and the environmental impact of the surrounding countryside.
For further information on continuous cover management please give us a call or visit the following link www.ccfg.org.uk