As well as providing a renewable and self-replenishing source of fast grown wood, coppicing generates biodiversity.
Coppicing, or the cutting of trees, floods the woodland floor with light. This allows an abundance of wild flowers to grow, which in turn attract insects, which attract birds, and so on. This creation of meadow land within a wood (for a short period) means there is space for wildlife to feed and breed near to their nests or shelter. As this cleared area re-grows, when the coppiced stool develops, your next harvest will open up another clearing adjacent to it, creating a chain of space for the wildlife now supported by the woodland. If you have a 12 year rotation, and divide the wood into 12 small plots (or coupes), not only will you have a perpetual source of wood you will also maintain strong biodiversity within the woodland. It’s one of a few examples of where man’s intervention actually encourages wildlife.
Unfortunately, the process of coppicing is now more often done for biodiversity rather than for the material it yields, which makes it an oft forgotten and underestimated process. Our furniture seeks to change this and make coppicing more commercially viable, so that more of our neglected woodlands can be managed.