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Re: Christmas coppicing conundrum

Subject: Re: Christmas coppicing conundrum
From: Julian Forbes-Laird
Date: Dec 20 2002 10:33:25
Hello Jeremy,

The scenario is a coppiced hazel in a back garden visible from a few
public viewpoints but not prominent.  It is about 5m in height with many
stems <20cm diameter and has been clearly coppiced on a regular basis in the
past.  LA have placed a TPO on it and I wonder if that is really
sustainable.  I would say that there is a strong case to continue the
previous coppicing management, which realistically means that it has no
significant potential to contribute to amenity.  What do you think?

I agree that this TPO does sound a bit difficult to defend. I take it that
the hazel is antique to generate that level of interest from the TO? At any
rate, the Blue Book is quite clear that expediency may not be present where
the subject is under good management. Indeed, failure to maintain the
coppice cycle might be more harmful in arboricultural terms, though you are
quite right to say that this would periodically knacker its amenity. What is
drivng the LPA's desire to protect it?

Seasons greetings and wotnot,


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