Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve


Coppicing

When trees such as hazel, ash and sweet chestnut are cut off just above ground level they produce a crop of long pliable poles that have long been used for bean poles, thatching spars, fire kindling and weaving into hurdle fencing and wattle used in constucting the old black and white Tudor buildings.

Cutting the stooks back every 7-20 years allows in light that benefits woodland flowers such as bluebells, primroses and wood anemones.

The word coppice (or copse) comes from the Norman-French word couper, meaning to cut.