We have received approval for our work plan to implement coppicing and tree related work in the wood. This had to be approved as Park Wood has a Wood Protection Order which is a blanket Tree Preservation Order covering all shrubs and trees on the site.

At our January workday we started coppicing, beginning with ash saplings which can grow faster than hazel and many other tree species. In the past, we had concentrated on coppicing just the hazel, but now we have been advised by the Woodland Trust to coppice an area rather than single hazel stools to encourage a more mixed diversity of species in the shrub layer. This switch will allow us to manage the ash and holly which are starting to dominate parts of the wood where we have hazel and other species that we wish to keep and encourage.


Coppicing is an ancient method of managing a wood. Coppice comes from the French for cutting. Coppice trees are cut close to ground level every few years and treatment varies from species to species and what size of timber is needed. The trees then send out new shoots around the base of the cut stumps so that there is a constant supply of timber being produced in a wood. The resulting small timber provides the raw materials for handles, besom brooms, firewood and charcoal, fencing rails and fence posts, hurdles and small items of furniture, etc. Over time many woodland species have adapted and thrived in woods with coppice rotations. By reintroducing coppicing, areas of dense shade are open up to light and over a short time a greater diversity of canopy height is created allowing more light to get to the woodland floor, which in turn encourages a greater diversity of plants, bringing more insects and mammals into the wood. Coppicing helps a small wood like ours to maximise its potential to benefit as broad a range of wildlife as possible within a small area.

Work Days

Thank you to all those who came out for the June Work Day, especially the Scouts and their parents who came to help us.  

The next Work Day will be Sunday 28th July, which will include a Teddy Bears Picnic (see below).   The work day will begin at 10 am and as usual, light refreshments, gloves and all tools will be provided, but please remember to wear suitable footwear. 

Future Events

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Teddy Bears Picnic - 28th July 2019 - 12 noon to 2 pm on the London Road meadow. 

All are welcome to join in, and you are invited to bring your teddy, your picnic and a rug to sit on.  There will be a Trail to follow through the wood and other activities in the meadow.  We will be giving away chocolate bears and gummy bears and you might be lucky enough to win a beautiful Charlie Bear!  There will be no charge for this event. 

 


News

3rd Party Agreement signed

Following on from the AGM the Third Party Group Agreement between the Woodland Trust and The Friends of Park Wood has now been signed. You can download a PDF of the agreement from this website under the About > Documents menu.

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