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coppicing the hazels

nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,491


 before, a shady path


 sticks for the shredder


 lots of firewood


 after, rather bare looking

How much longer can that 45 degree willow defy gravityimage



  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Hazel poles are great for beans etc. and for building things.   I do hope you didn't cut them all up image

    They'll come back though image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,491

    Some for all purposes Steve.image

    These hadn't been touched for 13 years, they were more than bean poles, just right for the wood burner in 2018.


  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    That sounds good.  How often do you normally cut them?  My friend has a half-acre copse he's planted with haze; ash, alder and willow for coppicing for firewood - I'm not sure what his cropping plan is there.

    There are three very old hazels at one of the places I garden which hadn't been cut regularly; I cut one last year and got 20 good solid beanpoles out of it.  The intention is to cut them on a three-year rotation.  Is that too short, d'ye think?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,491

    Steve 3 years would be short for firewood maybe, willow is the fastest, good in a closed wood stove but a bit fast burning for an open fire. Your friend can  play it by eye, when they look right for purpose, get the saw out

    our hazels were planted in 1993 and this was their second cut. The first cut made a temporary fence, they were very tall but a bit lightweight, trunks up to 6 inches this timeimage

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    These thre aren't for firewood (there's plenty of that in the wood surrounding the house) but for poles, fences etc.

    My friend with the copse has an enclosed wood-burnng stove with a back boiler which does his hot water and radiators.  And solar hot water.  And a big PV array in the garden.  I want to be him really image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,491

    Friends place sounds good,image


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,810

    Thank you Nut. I enjoyed seeing your photos. I have woodland too and a tough chap comes and does the coppicing and thinning. He gives me logs for the woodburners and he takes some for his heating. So I always have a pile of wood at various stages of drying out. That is a good thing about living in France, more land and it's cheap. But sometimes I feel I own a wild life park! The animals don't always know what they can eat and what is my bit!

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    My friends' place is wonderful.  Nice house, four kids all grown up now.  Half an acre of rough grassland and rubble originally which they (with help of several friends) turned into a splendid garden with big veg plot, pond, chicken run, bees and the rest.  Then they bought up two more adjacent plots (the whole thing is a really weird shape now), one of which is the copse.  I love working there with them!

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,168

    Lovely scenes Nutimage. Amazing how it opens it up - have you got treasures there that might come up in the spring?

    Share your amazement at that willow - obviously missed the gravity lessons when it was a young'unimage

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,491

    Thanks B-L and chicky I love the woodland. and our fuel bills are tinyimage

    That tree will come down across a pond, squash a hawthorn, maybe 2. It's a lovely habitat as it stands and I hope there won't be too many animals with concussion after the event

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