Friday, 26 January 2018
During the winter of 2016-2017 a section at the western end of Wall Wood next to Woodside Green was commercially coppiced. Wall Wood is a ‘purlieu wood’ meaning that it is not part of the Forest but is subject to most or all of Forest Law. A visit was paid in January 2018 to assess the level of regeneration. The results are shown in the photographs below. There is a before and after.
The great majority of trees coppiced were very old hornbeams. It is questionable whether they will regenerate.
Badger tunnels have been installed and are in good use-hopefully not by Muntjac as well.
Where some regeneration has taken place it has been browsed back as it is obvious that deer are not being totally excluded.
I believe the trees were cut with a ‘timber harvester’. The brash has either been piled into heaps or is just lying about. A year later there is little sign of seed germination or growth of vegetation on the Forest floor.
Monk Wood adjacent was coppiced in the same way a few years ago and seems to have recovered well. Let's hope Wall Wood does the same!