Many thanks to TCV for their recent work on our coppice. Our hazel coppice was overgrown and in need of attention. Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management through which young stems are cut near the base stump (called a stool). This encourages further growth of more new stems, which are allowed to grow for several years until they can be harvested.

Our volunteer team from TCV did a fantastic job of bringing the stools under control. Now we just need to let them grow! You can watch the progress of the hazel copse by following our Nature Trail! Thanks for all your hard work and to Tom Maughan for sharing these photos from the day!

Interested in learning more about habitat management or get stuck in and lend a hand? We are always looking for hard-working volunteers. Find out more about how you can help on our volunteering pages and if you’d like to bring your team out for the day, why not join us for a corporate volunteering day.

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Mudchute Park and Farm is one of the best in the country

Keep Britain Tidy announces a record-breaking number of award-winning parks and green spaces for 2013.

Mudchute Park and Farm is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official. The green space is among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Margaret Tracey the farm’s director said “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for first time.This Award recognises and highlights that people in Tower Hamlets are benefiting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

The record number of awards across the country means more people than ever before will have access to well-managed, quality green space, which is vital to people’s health and well-being.