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Today we coppiced an area of woodland alongside one of our busier footpaths, the volunteers burned all of the brash that landed on the path so that it was kept clear. Whilst coppicing all of the Hazel we also felled a few of the larger Ash trees as they were casting a lot of shade, this will allow the Hazel to grow back vigorously. A lot of the coppiced materials will be used for hedgelaying whilst the bigger timber will be sold as firewood. By carrying out this work we are also helping a lovely plant called Herb Paris which grows well here as long as it doesn't get too shady.
Unfortunately the wind blew the smoke in all directions, all day!