Coppicing is an ancient method of woodland management and is effectively pruning at ground level. It is a process which encourages fast tree regrowth, producing a completely renewable source of material while simultaneously boosting biodiversity.
Coppiced trees tend to have many stems, rather than a single trunk. Cutting takes place in winter, traditionally by axe or billhook.
The tree is cut close to the ground and at an angle, leaving as neat a stool as possible. By the spring, new shoots will burst from the stool.
The new shoots quickly become nimble young rods. These grow rapidly, producing an abundance of fast grown, straight wood.
These young rods will develop quickly into ever taller, thicker rods. Typically, after 5 - 12 years the tree will be ready for harvesting again.