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Tree Maintenance

Pollarding Coppicing

Pollarding
Tree that is cut at between 6-15 ft above ground leaving a permanent trunk called a bolling (rhymes with 'rolling'). The bolling is allowed to grow again to produce successive crops of wood out of the reach of animals.

Coppicing
Tree which is cut to near ground level every few years and then grow again from the stool (stump) to produce successive crops of poles that can be cut for ever.

Coppicing is an efficient, reliable method of harvesting some types of wood. Some trees such as pines die when cut down, but ash, elder, oak, hazel wych-elm, lime, hornbeam and many others coppice The new shoots can grow at more than 2 inches a day - even oak can stand 7 feet high and 1 inch thick after a seasons growth.

Coppice shoots are a favourite food of cattle. sheep and deer, and in places accessible to livestock it was the practice to pollard trees instead.

Spectacular displays of primroses. oxlips and anemones are a result of coppicing. Primroses and other Spring flowers flourish in the new light

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