Coppicing & Coppice Crafts


Coppicing is an ancient method of enhancing woodland biodiversity, and coppice woodlands are to be found all over Britain and parts of Europe. The key to successful coppicing is to nurture the new coppice shoots. In return, a coppice will provide an endless supply of wood for a wide range of articles and the authors present detailed instruction on how to produce many kinds of woodland products from besom brooms, firewood and charcoal to more challenging items such as hazel hurdles and coracles.

Topics covered in Coppicing & Coppice Crafts:
Discusses how to find a suitable wood and the pitfalls involved Covers all the equipment, tools and resources that you will need, together with health and safety issues.

Examines tax issues, the law and what you can and cannot do Analyses in detail all aspects of coppice management including pests and diseases, and how to plant a new coppice.

Examines the flora and fauna of the coppice and how it should be managed Pays particular attention to hazel coppice.

Considers a wide range of coppice woods and crafts and how the products are made.

Discusses wood as a fuel, including charcoal-making, the best types of wood to burn, wood-fired boilers, woodchips, pellets, kindling, logs and much more.

Includes a useful glossary, bibliography and list of addresses.

Foreword by Professor Oliver Rackham, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Includes 224 colour photographs.

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