Coppicing

Volunteers Coppicing Trees

           

Coppicing is a traditional woodland management technique where trees are cut low to just above the ground level. This technique opens up the tree canopy in the woodland area coppiced, which allows light to reach wildflowers the following spring. Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers manage part of the woodland by using this traditional woodland management technique.

          

The managed woodland area is divided into sections and one section is coppiced each year. Giving the other areas time to grow up and also providing the native wildlife with a range of different habitats. As each area will be at a different stage of growth benefiting different wildlife.



These coppicing events therefore help to increase the diversity of the native wildlife in the woods. People attending these free coppicing events will learn how to coppice from trained volunteers. Also any unwanted trees which are little benefit to the local wildlife are felled to make way for native species. The wood created from these coppicing events is used on other LACV events.


 

Benefits of 2013 coppicing reap rewards as the extra light result in greater
species diversity including bluebells and butterflies.




A profusion of bluebells following coppicing from 2013

      LACV Coppicing Event

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