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. We run craft and coppice courses from our beautiful woodland yard.
We regularly run courses in the following areas:
We carry out various woodland management contracts throughout the year. Please contact us if you are looking for someone to manage your woodland.
The following is an extract taken from the BHMAT website:
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.
Our aims are:
ITV Countrywise came to film us in September 2013 - presented by Ben Fogle, they wanted to let people know about what coppicing is and it's value to the local community and surrounding countryside.
Main contact for our co-op:
Member contact details: