|A selection of varying sized material that a short rotation |
Sweet Chestnut coppice can yield.
|Sweet Chestnut coppice managed on a 12 year cutting cycle. A |
different block is cut each year so the supply of wood is almost
never ending. Note the regrowth sprouting on the recently cut
stools in the forground.
|This predomianly Sweet Chestnut woodland was felled 17 years ago and has been |
totally unmanaged since. It is certainly ready for for the poorer and more overcrowded
stems to be removed-one of my tasks for this winter!
|A year ago this looked just like the previous photo. Now with all of the overcrowded|
and worst shaped trunks removed it looks a lot more promising
|Here is an example of an ancient overmature Sweet Chestnut coppice stool, Last|
winter I have removed the trunks positioned on the front side-which is the side that
is exposed to most light. New shoots have emerged from below where the trunks
were felled. As you can see the regrowth is not as prolific or vigorous as the photo
at the begining of this blogpost. I will leave it at least another year to fell the
remaining trunks. You can see a patch of decay on the trunk on the left, a strong
indication that parts of this stool are close to collapse.