The work in the coppice goes on regardless of the pandemic. The woodland cycle waits for no man and this year's cutting is well underway. The range of products direct from the woodland are becoming pretty well established with binders and stakes for hedge laying, bean poles, plant supports and fencing poles the main products this year.
Over the past year our woodland has been used by Tom, an MSc student from Keele University, for his research. His study aimed to determine whether coppicing really does increase the biodiversity in a broad leaved woodland. His study confirms that this is undoubtedly the case in our woodland. Its nice to have science confirm what you believed to be the case, and support someone so interested in woodland management.
Alongside the work in the coppice the workshop is still a very busy place. Getting stock in place after the Christmas rush is my main aim at the moment but hopefully I will be concentrating on chairs again soon.