Woodland Management


We offer a woodland management service for private owners. This could be someone who requires advice on  starting a plan of action - who would like to carry out practical work but unsure of how to proceed with it. As well as anyone who needs men on the ground to carry out the work.


Our focus is on small scale susutainable woodland management, with minimal use of heavy machinery -


Coppicing


Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management which in essence is the cutting of trees at the ground to encourage regrowth. This is only possible because of the capacity of many tree species to send out new shoots from their stump or roots when cut. The stump, called a stool, will after a number of years be cut again to create a cycle of cutting and re-growth.


A well established coppiced woodland with areas of coppice at different stages of their cycle has the effect of providing a rich variety of habitats - certain small mammals and insect species thrive in coppices. Alongside this the increased light levels within the woodland encourages a rich variety of woodland plants, such as bluebells and anemones. In general biodiversity is much increased.


We practice coppicing in private woodlands and also within conservation areas. Often this invloves bringing neglected coppice back into rotation, or beginning the cycle in a newly planted woodland. The coppiced wood we cut is used in a range of  ways, from making hurdles and plant climbers to hedging stakes, bean poles and pea sticks.



Woodland thinning


 Within newly planted woodlands thinning is a neccesary measure to take out any dead or weak trees to encourage the healthy trees to develop further by giving them more light and space. This can provide timber for a variety of uses as well as for firewood.