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Coppicing Small Oak – March 2018

July 17, 2018 by admin in Forestry, Sustainablility with Comments Off on Coppicing Small Oak – March 2018

Coppicing Small Oak

While some our customers are contemplating whether or not to order another load of logs, others are making enquiries about items for their garden, such as arches, fencing and furniture.
Paul making a section of No.10 Decorative Trellis
At this point, I’ll spend more time at the yard, making, while Henry and Dan continue coppicing. The lads are cutting small diameter oak sticks from a woodland called Withybed, around two miles from the yard on the edge of the Dowles Valley in the Wyre Forest.  Natural England has given us permission to work this area with a long term aim to improve coppice density and at the same time, open up the rides to improve wildlife corridors.
Withybed after the smaller oak has been cut, and the larger sticks left for later in the year
Our agreed plan is to remove most of the small oak, which we will steam peel, together with the silver birch, which we’ll store for next winter’s firewood. The larger poles within the coupe will remain until April when we’ll fell them for traditional, natural peeling.

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