Grove Wood

On the edge of the village there is a 2 to 3 acre old Hazel Coppice with Oaks and Field Maples. The wood was adopted by the village 2 years ago and during the winter, each Sunday morning, a team have been busy cutting back the old overgrown Hazel coppices. This is a very traditional may of managing woodland as it produced wood materials for many uses including fencing, walls (wattle from wattle and daub), thatching and drainage channels.

Given the work needed to harvest and maintain Hazel coppices many were either dug up and left to become overgrown. While this style of habitat management is man made it does encourage lots of wildlife when under management.

The photo below shows part of the wood which was cut 2 years ago in the middle distance and coppices that we cut last winter in the fore ground.

Hazel coppice at Grove Wood, Sherston. March 2012

In practice a Hazel coppice should be cut every 7 or 8 years. It’s taken 3 years to complete some 80% of the first cut. Hopefully we will complete the first cut next winter and can have a few years off before we have to start again.

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