I don't know if people are interested but I have permission to do some coppicing in a small spinney in February. I also want to do a bit of sly planting of some Hazel trees in there. It's just down the canal from me, the spinney is about a third of acre?(ish) and it's about 6 miles out of Rugby.
Coppicing is easy. It is just a case of cutting the tree as low to the ground as you can and then using the upper branches, you stick them in the ground all around the stump that is left to protect the new shoots from grazing munjack etc.
I am doing it anyways but if anyone would like to join me, you are more than welcome and I would enjoy the company! Just need to deciede on a date in February that people can do.
I don't know if anything is likely to come of this, but I mentioned about adopting somewhere to my next door neighbour and he said that on a farm near church lawford where he goes shooting, there is a wood (nearly 7 acres) that as far as he is aware, his friend owns it and does nothing with it. Anyway he is going to enquire if they would be happy for us to use it.
Well Mr Brook, I am easy! (the rumours are true!) Erm.. if all goes well I should still be playing at retired in February, so really it's when ever you or anyone else who would like to join in are free. The next door neighbour is going to help as there are some quite big trees to come down (not standards but coppice stools that have got too big to cut down with a bowsaw) as he is good with a chainsaw and they scare me. (one slip and bye bye limb.. how I loved you so) I went up there today to have a ganders and the coppicing, it isn't that much. But what I want to do is a bit of work. (I will post the amount of stools to coppice) So here is the plan, anything people don't want to help with is fine, I will get it ready before we go as a group (?) 1: Put x2 posts in the ground by the layby (the coppicing will open up that part of the spinney and cars if their operators wanted to would be able to drive into it if they were so to choose) 2: The Undershub (future coppice) that will be planted throughout the spinney will come from digging them up from the main big wood (which I don't have permisson to do). 3: The hedge along the lane and the field border needs thickening up (to lay in the future) so again a case of planting trees taken from the big wood.
It doesn't sound like much but it is probably about two to three days work. As Mr Brook knows I have worked with this Spinney for many years off and on. To have some help and interest would be wonderful! It is a plantation but I can trace it back at least 250 years.
Hello the folks Well for first off I need to thank you for the interest which has spurred my motivation. I have, because of you, written a management plan for the spinney and started a tree survey; which I then stopped in case anyone would like to help with this? offers welcome. Needs to be soon though, before we coppice. Hayley of course the Children can come. I am sure they would enjoy tree planting or sorting through the coppiced wood. There will be something they can get involved in. It is so nice to have people who are interested in helping me with this. I will upload the management plan at some point (I may forward it to you Mr Brook if that is ok?) There is no news on the wood in Church Lawford yet, but I have been looking on Google Earth and there seems to be a few places we could adopt and I know of plenty round here, as long as people are ok with coming this far out. I vote the second weekweend in Feb if that is ok with everyone? The other thing is I have two bow saws, I can lend one of them out but if anyone wants their own; Cox's of Rugby opposite Kwik fit (kinda but next to the petrol station on the Lawford Road) sell them for around £7.
Erm..we will start on the saturday at around 11am? (if it's ok with people? Do earlier if you like?) and just see how we get on. Erm.. Depending on what we do and what people are wanting to get involved in and also how many people come. I am sure we can fill two days if folks want to. If not dosen't matter. It's all upto you all individually as volunteers I am just glad of the help.
Yes Mr Gus! Glad your coming The more the merrier! Sorry but what is written up there is wrong! I have had a rethink since and coppicing is only taking place on the saturday. The plan is: Anyone who wants to come needs to meet Richard and Hayley at the ASDA carpark at 10:30, you should get here by around 11am after following them, we will then all pile on the boat and go for a short trip to turn it around so we can the moor up by the spinney (and have tea n coffee making facilities, use of a toilet etc..) People are more than welcome to bring beers or what ever they fancy! We will do the coppicing at our leisure. I will be making a beef and vegetable stew for lunch, if anyone has any dietry requirements they need to let me know and I will sort an alternative for them. Also people need to be aware that a chainsaw will be being used by my neighbour to fell the larger trees as the main reason for this is for us to collect wood. I think it is going to be a good day that I am looking forward too! P.s People are advised to bring a pair of gardening gloves, a saw and a pair of secutaurs if they have them. See you saturday
Richard, Where in the car park will you be? It will probably be pretty busy. What kind of car have you? I've got a pale blue Toyota Auris. I'll try to get as near to the Prince of Wales (the pub, not the bloke) as possible.