Coppicing

Thursday, October 9th 2014

The largest area of Willow Carr in Swaledale is found in the centre of the reserve. This wet woodland is managed through coppicing on a ten year rotation. There are five blocks, with one coppiced every second year. When coppicing willow we cut the stems at the base (stool) in order to allow the plant to regenerate, we will also remove invasive Silver Birch from this block. This method of management allows a varied age structure to develop in the woodland providing habitat for a wide range of species.

Volunteers, both old and new, took to the task with gusto; soon the bonfire was going and a glade had been cleared.

The hard work of our volunteers today means that it will be easy for us to get really stuck into this task as we work next week. Many thanks for your efforts today.


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