If the management of the woods by coppicing ceases then it wouldn’t be many years before the sorts of scenes mentioned above are only memories or pictures in books.
Given all the threats facing our countryside and especially the trees it would be a shame to lose such an important element of the British countryside.
So if you would like to do your bit to help protect this vitally important habit of semi-ancient woodland, then come along and have a go at coppicing.
You do not need any special tools as they are all provided, along with the training, however please wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors. The most important thing is to bring a mug for the cuppa around the fire – the hot water, tea or coffee will be provided.
We always pair up newcomers or novices with volunteers who are experienced and training continues until everyone is comfortable that you can work safely unaccompanied. Some people previously have been worried that they may cut the wood to the wrong size or do something wrong. We are grateful for the assistance and it is unlikely that you could do any lasting damage.
The work starts at 9.30am on a Sunday morning and normally finishes around 1pm, but there is no requirement to be there at the start and still be there at the end. You are welcome to come and go whenever you want.
If it is the first time you come and you don’t want to wander around the wood looking for us, then contact us before and we are happy to meet you in the village hall car park and show you to the area where we are cutting.
The only time the work will be cancelled is due to bad weather. If you are unsure if coppicing is taking place, please call Chris or Malcolm between 8am and 8.30am on the Sunday morning.
We will be staring the season in Cant J which is the north east part of the wood. Coming in from the Sands Lane entrance, follow the path to the left which runs parallel with the houses and the stream or coming in from the recreation ground follow the path into the Wassail site and take a left out of the site and then follow the path ensuring that the field is on your right. After Christmas, the work moves to Cant B where we finished last season.
If anyone needs any more information, please contact us.
Listed below are the dates for coppicing:-
Oct 2013 – 27th
Nov 2013 – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th.
Dec 2013 – 1st, 5th, 15th.
Jan 2014 – 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.
Feb 2014 – 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd.
March 2014 – 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.
Please note Feb 2nd maybe cancelled due to shortage of supervision as it clashes with Seedy Sunday (seed-swapping event) in Brighton.