TR1864 : Coppicing, East Blean Wood

taken 6 years ago, near to Herne Common, Kent, Great Britain

Coppicing, East Blean Wood
Coppicing, East Blean Wood
East Blean Wood
East Blean Wood NNR (including Childs Forstal) covers over 122 hectares of ancient semi-natural woodland situated on poorly drained London clay, with a small area of gravelly soil in the south.
The soil is mostly fairly acid, as shown by the carpets of bluebells and patches of heather, but more alkaline elsewhere, with characteristic species such as spurge laurel, sanicle and common spotted-orchid. The wood has been heavily managed in the past and was a prime source for sweet chestnut. When conditions are open, after the coppice is cut, much of the ground is colonised by common cow-wheat, which is the food plant of the caterpillar of the nationally rare heath fritillary butterfly.
Coppicing
Coppicing is a management technique of cutting trees and shrubs to ground level allowing vigorous regrowth and a sustainable supply of timber for future generations.
Trees and shrubs that are cut down in this way can produce shoots that grow over 30cm in a week.
The benefits of coppicing are varied, including promoting ground vegetation (by letting light in), raw materials for thatching, fencing, kindling and charcoal making. Also coppiced trees live longer than non coppiced trees. All trees can be coppiced, but hazel, ash, lime and beech are common.
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TR1864, 26 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1874 6413 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:20.0500N 1:8.3267E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1876 6412
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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