Coppicing is a traditional form of woodland management that has shaped many of the remaining semi-natural woodlands in the UK. Periodic cutting actually prolongs the life of the trees as well as creating a rich mosaic of habitats, attracting a wide range of flora and fauna. Woods that have not been coppiced tend to be of the same age and structure, supporting fewer species. The market for coppice products is growing – for the high quality of the timber and for traditional goods such as wattle hurdles and turned products. Derelict woodlands have little timber value – so the future is optimistic.
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