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Re: Aging old coppice trees

Subject: Re: Aging old coppice trees
From: Jerry Ross
Date: Jun 22 2020 13:43:27
Dave - Re "I'm surprised that the ATF seems fairly ambivalent to coppice trees as surely these trees are likely to be oldest and commonly found."

Probably true, and probably also true that they ought to be given more attention. But the critical value of ancient and veteran trees is the biodiversity and ecological richness that results from the ageing of large volumes of wood, whereas coppice material, being periodically rejuvenated by cutting and re-sprouting , doesn't retain (or indeed attain) these features.




On 22/06/2020 11:23, oldoaktree@xxxxxxxxx.net wrote:
Hello all,

I'm trying to age an old coppice tree and am finding it surprisingly hard to 
find much data from Forestry Commission, Ancient Tree Forum or academic 
papers.

I've got an unsubstantiated amount of 0.3 m diameter/ 100 years measured at 
base, but can't find where that has come from.

I'm surprised that the ATF seems fairly ambivalent to coppice trees as surely 
these trees are likely to be oldest and commonly found. Fair enough, they 
don't look as impressive, but that can't be a reasonable reason to give them 
so little attention.

Anyway, if there is anywhere you can guide me, I'd be most grateful.

Cheers

Dave









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