What is coppicing?
Coppicing is a woodland management method in which the wood from a tree is harvested by cutting a suitable tree near ground level. It subsequently re-grows over a period of years without needing to be replanted. The coppice product can be used to produce traditional green-wood crafts, using skills that are part of our rural heritage, when making things by hand was passed down from one generation to the next.
Using this ancient technique to manage areas of woodland is a very time-consuming and labour-intensive process in comparison to other forest management methods, access to woodland is restricted and as a consequence, it is no longer considered an economical practice. As a consequence, today, the skills and techniques required are known by relatively few and as craftspeople become older and retire from their work, there is no-one coming into the craft to take their place.