Woodland management

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Introduction to coppicing

Coppicing is a traditional method of managing broadleaf deciduous woodland that has been used in the United Kingdom for hundreds of years.

Coppicing involves cutting the tree stool (stump) down to ground level which encourages new shoots to develop from the parent plant.

Coppicing is completed on a cycle which varies between different species of tree and it greatly increases the lifespan of the tree by keeping the tree in an early stage of its life.

Benefits to wildlife

After coppicing the first year’s new growth can be over two metres and can create a great habitat for a range of plants, animals and invertebrates due to the amount of light that is able to reach the woodland floor.

  1. Introduction
  2. Creating woodlands
  3. Introduction to coppicing (you are here)
  4. How to coppice
  5. Pollarding introduction
  6. How to pollard
  7. Ash tree dieback
  8. Grown in Britain

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