We're passionate about managing all types of woodlands, especially those that give us a link to the past. Coppicing is one of the oldest methods of woodland management, incorporating the technique of repeatedly felling trees at the base to encourage regrowth. Stems are cut on different rotations, depending on the species and what the wood is being used for. Using coppicing as a management method brings many benefits, including quicker growth, longer tree life and increased biodiversity. And - of course - it provides a great sustainable source of wood.
What we do
We've been working to restore an old hazel coppice site in South Lanarkshire for the past seven years. The coppice is based on a seven-year rotation, so this year brings it back to full management.
We're always on the lookout for new sites to restore, so if you know of one, or need some training to manage your own coppice, get in touch!
What we do with it
Traditional uses for coppiced wood include bean poles, baskets, fences and hurdles. We use it for firewood on our site, as well as charcoal to sell in local stockists. But most of all we love it for the sticks. Big sticks, small sticks, tall sticks, short sticks, wonky sticks, straight sticks, anything in between sticks! Incredibly versatile, we've used sticks for everything from whittled wands to building structures.
Our coppice crew get together at the Redlees coppice every Wednesday, to cut, process and move sticks and to protect new growth. There's always a fire and a kettle on the go, along with chat and laughter. New members of the crew are always welcome, so please get in touch if you're interested in finding out more!
Buy sticks and charcoal!
Sticks in all their forms are available to buy online and collect from our site.
We can only deliver sticks locally, so please get in touch before you order to check if we can deliver to you.
We're looking at getting our products into local stockists - garden centres, farm shops and allotment societies - so check back here for a list of outlets as they develop! And feel free to talk to any groups or shops that you're connected with if you want them to stock our sticks!