This site is an informational resource supplied by Living Countryside to advise on the role and history of coppicing, woodmanship, and woodland management.
Coppicing is the art of cutting of trees and shrubs to ground level allowing vigorous regrowth and a sustainable supply of timber for future generations.
Trees and shrubs that are cut down this way can produce shoots that grow over 30cm in a week and a coppiced tree can live many times longer than if the the tree had not been cut down at all. Coppicing has been practiced for many thousands of years. The earliest confirmed evidence comes from the UK dating back over 6000 years.
Coppicing has been integral with agriculture in shaping and forming the countryside. In the UK coppicing has been the dominant form of woodland management and in the highly populated UK allowed a sustainable and productive resource to maintain the highly important charcoal industry as well as providing timber for fencing, roofs, brooms, heating, drying racks and much more. Coppicing is a unique art.
In the site we will be looking at a case study illustrating restoration and ongoing coppicing and following a small patch of woodland over the next few years. We hope that you find the subject interesting. If you are involved with woodland management and would like us to include your own link please submit your details to us.