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|Coppicing at Spring Park
The volunteers were in action last month taking on the task of coppicing at Spring Park.
Coppicing was originally used to ensure a regular source of firewood and timber in British woodlands.
Traditionally, the long straight poles produced by coppicing would have been used for a variety of things such as fencing and building.
Some taller trees would have used to make charcoal, heat homes and even build ships.
These days, with less demand for wood, coppicing is primarily a way of improving the health and biodiversity of a woodland area.
This helps to open up shady woodland with sunlight allowing a wider range of plants to flourish.
Some material is still collected and used in traditional hedge-laying onsite and on the nearby Coulsdon Commons.
Working in small ‘coups’, these areas are cut on rotation to maintain structural diversity,
with a constantly changing pattern of dense-growing areas, scrub thickets and open areas for wildlife.
There will be another volunteer coppicing task at Spring Park on Friday the 30th
of December between Christmas and New Year – a great excuse to get active in nature and out from the ‘Twixmas’ doldrums!
Photos by WWaSP volunteer Bridget Hogan.
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Heritage walk – West Wickham Common
Friday 16 December 10am-11.30am
Find out how visual clues such as banks, bumps, depressions and ditches indicate how West Wickham Common was used in the past.
Suggested donation £3 per person. Booking via Eventbrite.
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Friday 30 December 10am-3.30pm – Spring Park