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

October Work Day

After a long Summer during which all activity in Park Wood was suspended (apart from the regular litter picking and bin emptying) we have at last been able to hold a Work Day in Park Wood.  Thank you to all those who turned up to help on Sunday 25th, despite the unsettled weather.  With a few extra rules to enable safe working and complying with the Woodland Trust's advice about social distancing, we were all glad to have the opportunity to meet up again and see what jobs could be done.

Hopefully we will be back again at the end of November to continue coppicing and begin clearing the ditches.

 


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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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