Coppicing & Woodland Management


We specialise in the management of small woods, and can provide a management package to suit your budget: starting from a basic survey providing recommendations for work that needs to be done, all the way up to a detailed plan, schedule and undertaking of the necessary work, including grant applications.

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Tree Surveys
Keep up to date records of the condition of your trees with annual tree surveys. These record the general health of your trees, from pests and diseases to their structural condition, vital for health and safety where the public have access through your land.
We also monitor the latest news and research into the pests and diseases which threaten our trees.

Measuring Timber
We can measure the timber in your wood by standing volume of individual trees or whole areas to help put a value on your resource. We can also undertake thinning control measures to optimise the growth rate and yield of your plantation woodlands.

Ecological Surveys
These surveys can inform you of what trees, shrubs and other plants are growing in the wood, and what animals and insects are present. From this we can provide the best management plan to protect and enhance the ecosystem of your wood.

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Coppice Woodland
We can provide an efficient and sensitive service of tree felling and extraction in your woodland.
A large part of the woodlands of the South East of England are made up of coppice. These are woodlands that have been managed for centuries on a rotational system of cutting and then regrowth from the stumps.The time cycle is dictated by the product that is needed, for example 5 - 8 years for hazel to make wattle hurdles, or 15 - 25 years for sweet chestnut to produce fencing and firewood.

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A large area of coppice woodland in the UK currently remains unmanaged. The strengthening wood fuel market gives us the opportunity to bring these woods back into rotational cutting systems which will improve yield, provide a sustainable fuel source and increase biodiversity.
Coppice woodlands provide a unique habitat when managed well, creating different environments such as tiered rides, glades and a patchwork of coppiced areas of different ages. Ponds and streams within woodlands also add a further element to the biodiversity.


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A neglected woodland ride before and after restoration.

Plantation Woodland
These woodlands are planted to provide the optimum yield of timber per hectare. Usually stocked with conifer, each species planted is suited to the surrounding conditions to grow the best quality timber in the shortest time. Not all plantations are conifer: hardwood species such as beech and oak are also used. These of course also need to be managed with a periodic thinning programme to take an interim crop of timber, providing the right amount of space and light to let the final trees flourish to their true potential.

Woodland Planting: Existing Woodlands
We encourage the use of natural regeneration in recently cut areas as this helps to keep re-planting costs down and ensures the local provenance of the new trees. Where this is not possible we plant with trees with a known provenance and use effective damage control measures against deer and rabbits to protect the young trees.
We also offer a comprehensive aftercare service to ensure good establishment of your trees.


Woodland Planting: New Woodlands
New woods can be planted with species which provide specific conditions and resources (for example attracting particular invertebrates and birds) or a more commercial crop such as timber for fencing or construction.
We can provide planning, planting and aftercare of all woodlands of any size. We can also help in seeking and obtaining grants towards new planting.

Aftercare
This is an essential part of the planting process to ensure the successful establishment of the new trees. Having invested in the initial preparation and planting of the new trees an aftercare programme is essential to help them flourish and grow. This will help to produce a good, healthy and productive woodland more quickly.

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For more information on forests and woodlands please visit the Forestry Commission at
www.forestry.gov.uk






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