Coppicing

Coppicing

Coppicing is usually a woodland management technique but is also used occasionally in more domestic settings .

Coppicing is the repeated cutting of a tree down to near ground level on a regular cycle and allowed to regrow. The stump is referred to as a coppice stool and is a method of producing straight poles that can be used to make appropriate products or as method of growing wood for logs on a sustainable basis. The result is a multi-stemmed tree and like pollarding, once a coppice is initiated it muct be continued to managed in this way. The stems if allowed to become too large and heavy they will eventually fail and split away from the stump known as the ‘coppice stool’.

Coppicing is usually carried out in the winter months. Coppicing in early spring when the buds are starting to show, or after the leaves have started to appear, is detrimental to the trees health