15th April 2017

Coppicing- this wonderful way of managing woodland and maximising bio-diversity (see poster on this blog) is declining and our decisions can help. The last old hurdle-maker in Catsfield died in my teens but Richard Ely and others are taking the tradition forward. In many parts of the country, including South Yorkshire, coppices are overgrown and diversity is suffering. Iron smelting disappeared, pit-props were no longer needed but if we buy chestnut spiles, fencing, (chestnut rots slowly), hazel hurdles or pea and bean sticks, and locally made charcoal we can support new woodworkers. Cut for wood-products, on a regular cycle, coppices are rich in a succession of plants, birds and insects

Chestnut spiles, one of the products of coppicing

Coppicing lets in light, encouraging a range of wildlife, and regrows for renewable wood

Bluebells and Wood anemones in recently coppiced woods

Foxgloves spring up in coppiced woodland

How coppicing helps diversity and renewable wood products

. Conditions`: Cloud with sunny spells and a breeze. Temperature: Max 11- Min 6C.

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