Over the past few weeks you may have spotted a teams at work in the wooded copse. We’ve been working to remove Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) trees. The Norway Maple is a non-native tree species and as a result isn’t particularly valuable for our local wildlife. In contrast, native tree species can support a host of species from fungi to invertebrates and birds! Removing these trees will also reduce overcrowding in the copse and help the native species thrive as they will have less competition for light and nutrients.
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.