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Coppicing and thinning in Bluebell Wood

As part of our proactive woodland management we have coppiced another section of Bluebell Wood this winter. Coppicing involves cutting the multi-stemmed broadleaved trees and shrubs (mainly Hazel) down to ground level.

Coppicing creates ideal conditions for some wildflowers in the first few years after cutting as the sudden influx of light will stimulate lots of growth. As the coppice regrows and becomes more dense, good conditions for nesting birds such as nightingale are created. Woodland thinning of species such as Oak and Ash will also allow more light to penetrate the canopy and reach the woodland floor, again encouraging more vegetation to grow, creating a healthier and more diverse woodland.

This, along with the supplementary planting of more tree species, will increase the biodiversity of the woodland and will hopefully make it more resilient to threats such as Ash Dieback disease (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) and Acute Oak Decline. The material produced from coppicing and thinning will be used to form a 'dead hedge' around the area which will deter deer and help protect the fresh growth from being browsed. This will be undertaken with help from our volunteers. These areas will now be coppiced on a rotational basis which will hopefully create a woodland that is richer in flora and fauna.

Bluebell Wood

Don't forget to come and visit around springtime to see the beautiful bluebells emerge.