copice copiceThis is a wonderful ancient woodland system which offers great potential for the future. Mature trees, like Oak and Sweet chestnut require spacing at approx. 100 trees per hectare one every 10 metres. This enables canopies to develop to their optimum. Meanwhile underwood trees, like hazel and typical biomass species are grown underneath the canopy and are harvested frequently every ten years or so - for firewood and small wood products. Regeneration takes place from the coppice stools. This continuous cutting and opening is hugely beneficial for biodiversity and brings in small mammals like dormice and increasingly rare songbirds, like nightingale