Tales from the Wood

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Coppicing Begins
After a seemingly endless period of snow and frozen ground, coppicing has at last begun in earnest. There’s some chunky specimens about. These might still throw up some good stems over the 10 year rotation and the timber will go for firewood, but the slimmer broadleaf seem more promising. Rob, who is helping me this season, is here logging up some sycamore while I’ve sorting the brash and cordwood for kiln firing. This coupe will be fenced off in March to protect it from deer, and then, with the canopy opened up, the ground-cover and coppice growth should off to a good start. Hopefully this will attract all sorts of new species to the area. I’ll be keeping a close record of progress.