Peatmoor Community Woodland Group is cutting down trees as part of CSV (Community Service Volunteer) Make a Difference Day, the UK’s biggest annual day of volunteering on Sunday 4 November – and you’re invited to join in.
Cut down trees! What a bad thing to do, you might think. But some trees grow better and last a lot longer if they are regularly cut using the proper techniques – and you can have fun doing it.
The Peatmoor Community Woodland Group meets every month to manage the copse close to the lagoon. The wood is a remnant of the ancient Braydon Forest which was once a royal hunting ground. About 25 years ago it really was a wild wood, largely untouched since the late 1940s.
As houses were built and occupied around the copse, volunteers started to bring the woodland back to life by coppicing the hazel, ash, alder, hornbeam and willow.
In the old days this ancient woodland management technique ensured a supply of timber for building, farm fencing and fuel. Nowadays coppicing is used to encourage a wide variety of bird, mammal and insect life to create a rich ecology, which includes increasing the lifespan of the trees.
Return to the Wild Wood, on BBC 4, describes how important woodlands have been to British society in the last 2000 years and how, with the price of oil and gas rising all the time, woodland products may again become an essential source of fuel. Whilst the programme that highlights coppicing is available, click here to view it.
The group meets on the first Sunday of the month, 10am to 1pm, and newcomers who want to do something for the environment, try something practical outdoors and learn about woodland management are welcome to join.
Children are welcome but have to be accompanied by an adult. Access with wheelchairs is not easy.
There are no toilets on the site, the nearest are located at the pub at Roughmoor Village Centre, 500 yards away. Please bring some refreshments, and don’t forget wear old clothes, strong shoes/boots and bring raingear in case.
Full training and supervision in coppice methods is provided.Tools are provided but please bring your own gloves.
See the map below to locate Peatmoor Copse or for details about joining in, call Roger Ogle on 01793 608840 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org