Local - Natural - Sustainable

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.

Traditional Coppice Products

  • Coppice products:
    Bean poles (approx 7ft long, £8 for a bundle of 10)
    Hedging stakes (approx 5ft long, £6 for a bundle of 10)
    Pea sticks (approx 5ft long, £6 for a bundle of 10)
    Plant stakes (approx 3ft long, £3 for a bundle of 10)
    Fascines (approx 5ft long, 12" diameter, £4 each bundle)
    Birch brash for besom brooms (approx 5ft long, 6" diameter, £5 each bundle)
    Hazel hurdle weaving rods (8-12ft long £16 for a bundle of 20)
    Hazel hurdle weaving rods (8-12ft long £12 for a bundle of 10)
  • Hazel hurdles and hazel screens
  • Riven oak and ash gate hurdles
  • Seasoned firewood (£80 for a cubic metre, £150 for 2 cubic metres)
  • Barbecue charcoal (£7 per bag, £5 per bag for 5 bags or more)
  • Buildings and outdoor structures
  • Craft wood (approx £200 per cubic metre)

Courses

We regularly run courses in the following areas:

  • Practical Coppicing
  • Charcoal Making
  • Making Hazel Hurdles
  • Make a Shave Horse
  • Pole Lathe Turning
  • Axe-Work and Maintenance
  • Willow Basket Weaving
  • Make a Tambourine
  • Tool Sharpening
  • Greenwood Stools
Please see our 2014 brochure for more details and dates.

Woodland Management

We carry out various woodland management contracts throughout the year. Please contact us if you are looking for someone to manage your woodland.

What is Coppicing

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

Our aims are:

  • to restore old, coppiced woodlands to be productive again,
  • to re-engage local people with the wonderful woodlands in our beautiful North West area of Britain,
  • to encourage sustainable forest management and traditional crafts,
  • to teach people the skills to carry out coppicing and greenwood crafts,
  • to work with local charities,
  • to help to promote the biodiversity of our woodlands and protect our wildlife,
  • to help our members provide high quality services,
  • and to provide our local communities with ecologically produced products and services.

As seen on ITV!

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.

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Contact Us

Main contact for our co-op:
info@coppicecoop.co.uk

Member contact details: