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Coppicing The Hazel Stools

Coppicing The Hazel Stools

In February, we have been working to restore our Hazel Coppice with the help of our Wednesday Volunteers. 

In order to do this, we have begun to coppice the Hazel stools.

Coppicing is a woodland management technique of repeatedly felling trees at the base (or stool), and allowing them to regrow, in order to provide a sustainable supply of timber. It also has significant ecological benefits for invertebrates, fungi and the tree itself including substantially extending a trees lifespan.

We are also clearing the bramble understory to prevent it from smothering and shading out fresh growth on the newly cut Hazel stools.

Additionally, the increased light on the woodland floor will encourage the growth of more varied ground flora as well as providing an excellent basking area for insects. 

All of the coppiced material will be made into brushwood faggots (bundles of branches) that will be used in a local river restoration project on the Beverley Brook.