Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management. Broadleaf trees (such as ash & hazel) are cut down to near ground level leaving a ‘stool, from which, in the following growth season multiple new shoots appear.
After a number of years this lengthy greenwood can be harvested on a rotation of perhaps seven years or so and used for creating traditional woodland products. The cycle begins again with the emerging of more new shoots, an endless supply through the lifetime of the stool.
Veteran ash stool regrowing with purple orchids in foreground.
Skilled underwoodsman Andrew Basham offers a range of greenwood products & services from the hazel woodland he helps manage. Based in Ashdon, North Essex, he has over 30 years experience in traditional greenwood crafts.