Coppicing

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Coppicing is the woodland management technique of cutting down trees at regular intervals to encourage regeneration.

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Volunteers use bowsaws to cut down the trees in a designated area.

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Larger trees are cut down by first making a ‘wedge’ cut into the tree, then cutting the remainder. This means the tree falls in a more controlled manner and doesn’t splinter.

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Some of the material cut down during coppicing can be reused for hedge-laying and other countryside crafts.

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Material which is unsuitable for reuse is burnt by volunteers.