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We are privileged to have been selected to manage the restoration of a large Derelict Hazel Copse within a local 4 Hectare ancient semi-natural woodland in the eastern suburbs of Newport in S. Wales.

The woodland, owned by Newport City council, is called LADYHILL WOOD.

 

Cottage Coppicing

Ladyhill Wood

 

Our Woodland Restoration Project (updated Oct 2016)

Ancient semi-natural woodlands are woods that developed naturally.

They may have existed since woodland first colonised the British Isles after the last glaciation, but in many cases they have grown up on land that was previously cleared, but many hundreds of years ago. Most ancient woods are not untouched by man – they may have been managed for timber and other products over centuries – but they have always had woodland cover.

Coppicing Hazel is a very old and traditional form of woodland management and we are actively helping to bring back this old country craft in what is now a modern urban woodland environment.

 

Ladyhill Wood is designated as an ancient semi natural woodland (ASNW) and as such, will have been in existence in one form or another since at least 1600 A.D.

Nowadays,  it’s an enclave which is bounded on nearly all sides by urbanisation and has not been managed by man for at least 50 years and more probably 100 years but it was once a working wood on a hill surrounded by countryside where woodsmen would have managed the woodland for Hazel by a method known as Coppicing.

 

Hazel was once a valuable commodity and the harvested Hazel sticks and poles known as ‘rods’ would have been used for making numerous products from sheep hurdles to wattle & daub frameworks, from brooms to baskets and from charcoal to clothes pegs…!.

The Hazel “brushwood” (the straggly offcuts) left after the production of the various other products was used to produce “Faggots” tied bundles of brushwood for the lighting of bread ovens and “Fascines” for the repairing of riverbanks and this is something we are planning to re-introduce in 2016.

 

The Ladyhill Wood project started in March 2015 with local research and a survey of the tree and plant species and in October 2015 we will start with the first season of  cutting the old Hazel and clearing old undergrowth and unhealthy tall trees in a small area of the wood to generate new healthy growth.

 

Despite a very wet early winter period, the 2015/16 winter coppicing season ended well with around ninety old Hazels felled and misshapen Ash and Hawthorn cleared.

 

We were also able to layer around one hundred 2 to 3 year old Hazel rods from the stools and of these approximately 75% look like they have taken as of September 2016.

 

We sold all of the bean poles and pea sticks that we harvested and we corded around 5 tonnes of overgrown Hazel trunks for firewood which we will be offering for sale from November 2016.

 

The 2016/17 coppicing season will start in November 2016.