Coppicing for Woodland Management
I am passionate about promoting the woodland management practice of coppicing in Pembrokeshire. I can perform this method in broadleaf or predominantly broadleaf woodland. However, there are instances where broadleaf woods aren’t suitable. Also, Conifer trees do not coppice, at least not those prevalent in the UK. With this in mind, I offer a free visit within Pembrokeshire, Wales to establish possibilities and requirements. Contact me for details.
What is Coppicing?
It is where a tree or shrub is cut low to the ground to stimulate regrowth through new shoots. Most broadleaf trees in the UK respond.
What are the benefits
The following are a selection of the benefits that restoring a coppice rotation can reap.
Establishing a rotation creates different rates of succession. Consequently, this leads to varying habitats that attract other birds, mammals, insects, plants, microorganisms etc.
The felling of the tree doesn’t result in its demise. It generally grows back more vigorously. Therefore, a coppiced tree by way of the stool will live longer than if left to its own devices.
The use of hand tools results in a quieter worked environment. This practice benefits the coppice workers and those close by, both human and wildlife. Also, this method limits the amount of wood harvested per season.
Paths are maintained and improved to gain access to the plots to coppice and move wood. As a result, this improves access for anyone else enjoying the wood.