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Re: Christmas coppicing conundrum

Subject: Re: Christmas coppicing conundrum
From: Ben Rose
Date: Dec 22 2002 12:14:54

I often perform veteran tree surveys and occasionally I come across veteran
hazel stools. Often these stools have been neglected and they have large
overmature stems, sometimes with extensive decay. One theme that has
consistently come out of exploratory veteran tree arboricultural works of
late is that a veteran tree is delicate. As Jerry wisely comments below old
stools may give up if re-coppiced under countless years of neglect. The
drastic change in the stool environment is also likely to be detrimental to
the lichens, fungi invertebrates & other associated organisms living on the
stool. Of course this is the opposite end to the purpose of veteran tree
(conservation) management.

So what to do? I suggest a gradual and phased approach. That is to remove a
few of the overmature stems in the first operation and allow sunshoots to
develop in response to the increased light levels. After this the remaining
overmature stems may be removed. I believe that this approach will assist
the survival of the stool and the associated organisms. In the scenario
first described this method may also allow the visual amenity to be retained


-------Original Message-------

Date: Friday, December 20, 2002 21:56:35
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: Christmas coppicing conundrum

Thanks, Jeremy for this cracker.

1. It may have historical/heritage value as the last remnant of an ancient
coppice or hedgerow. But I'm not sure if this is a proper use of a TPO.
2. Re-coppicing could be allowed under a TPO if the TO thought it
appropriate management. Tho old stools sometimes give up if re-coppiced
suddenly after countless years of neglect.
3. Up to 20 cm dbh is quite hefty for a hazel. Could it be stored or at
least reduced to just a few major stems and grown as a nut tree? Subsequent
management would entail removal of new suckers.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Barrell Treecare" <>
Subject: Christmas coppicing conundrum

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?

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