The Coppice Co-op

We are a co-operative of coppice workers based in the North Lancashire/South Cumbrian region of Britain, working towards sustainable woodland management.

We supply local firewood, charcoal and a wide range of traditional products, and run craft and coppice courses from our beautiful woodland yard.

Charcoal production
Seasoned firewood delivered to your door
Courses
Hazel hurdle fencing
Woodland Management
Traditional coppice products

Want to Volunteer?

During the year we arrange days where volunteers come and work with us to get a feel for the various coppice workers jobs, such as:

  • Dressing out (taking recently cut brash and turning them into products in the woods),
  • clearing brash (making fascines and burning brash),
  • processing firewood,
  • making charcoal.

If you wish to join us then please phone us on 07766 629533.

What is Coppicing

The following is an extract from BHMAT:

Coppicing is a traditional, sustainable and productive form of woodland management.

In a coppiced wood, trees are regularly cut off at ground level, causing many rods (rather than one large trunk) to grow from the stump or ‘stool’. The rods that grow from the stool are straight and long and can be used for many crafts and products (see below).

Most of our native trees will coppice well, with the most common species including hazel, ash, oak, birch, alder, and sweet chestnut (non native).

A coppiced wood is cut on a cycle, which can be anything from 5 to 30 years, depending on the size of the poles required. The wood is divided into areas or ‘coups’, equal to the number of years in the cycle, so one area is cut each year until you are back to the beginning.