Myself and my partner Darryl own and care for thirty three acres of Ancient Broadleaf woodland here in the Lake District. The main tree species are Oak, Birch, Hazel, Cherry, Rowan & Holly. Wildlife here includes deer, squirrel, stoat, fox, badger, a wide variety of woodland birds, butterflies, moths, bats & reptiles.
We manage the woods by coppicing. Coppicing is the ultimate sustainable woodland management technique, making use of the amazing self renewing powers of many trees, to re-grow when cut down. Coppicing lets in light creating a burst of new plant life, when the trees re-grow they create shade, this cycle of cutting and growing/ light and shade is called the Coppice Cycle. The coppice cycle provides a renewable source of wood and much needed habitat for native birds and butterflies.
Although physically hard and often wet, it is a real joy to be working in such a beautiful place amongst the sounds, sights and smells of the woodland and its wildlife.