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.


Visitors may have noticed that Alan Scott and his team from conservation specialists Complete Ecology have defied the winter storms and started work on our new Nature Trail, made possible by generous funding from the Tower Hill Trust. Made of natural materials and sympathetically designed, new footpaths and staircases will soon be in place to give our visitors easier access to more of Mudchute’s open space, with way-markers and information boards installed to provide extra guidance. We hope that more of our visitors will feel encouraged to enjoy more of Mudchute’s hidden gems: our wetland area, dead hedge, hazel coppice, apiary and orchard. In addition to the new long Nature Trail around the while site we will also be laying a wheelchair-friendly, all-weather path around our lower field, taking in ponds, trees and wild flowers along a shorter route.