Tales from the Wood

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First coupe thinned and underplanted
At last the under-planting of hornbeam and hazel is complete. The first coupe has been thinned and all the conifers felled.
Hazel and hornbeam have pretty good shade tolerance and the tree guards are set at 1.2 metres to protect from deer. As an experiment, the coppiced sycamores have been covered with brash which, by some accounts, does help to give the new shoots a chance to get away before they’re grazed off. We’ll see what happens!