Hope for neglected hazel coppice

PRESS RELEASE…The National Coppice Federation in conjunction with the Forestry Commission will be holding a hazel coppice restoration seminar looking at the effective ways of restoring and improving the UK’s neglected  hazel coppice. The event will be held at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire on May 13th and 14th.


Historically, hazel coppice made up much of the rich mosaic of British woodland, but in recent years much has fallen into disrepair, while demand for hazel products has increased. Well grown, good-quality hazel remains scarce and difficult to source.


The seminar will be looking at effective, practical ways of restoring and improving existing coppice, with reference to restoration work at the Arboretum and other sites around the country.


Speakers include;

Ralph Harmer           Co-author of “coppice Woodlands”

Penny Jones              Head of propagation at Westonbirt Arboretum

Rebecca Oaks           Chair, National Coppice Federation

Brian Williamson            Lead coppicer at Westonbirt

Graham Rimington         The Deer Initiative


Other speakers are to be confirmed. Topics to be covered include, stocking densities, propagation, protection from deer browsing, costs, benefits and grants, and best practice techniques. There will also be site visits within the Arboretum.


The event costs £50 per head,  members of NCFed affiliated groups £35.

Further information can be found on the NCFed website, www.ncfed.org.uk.

To book, please contact Brian Williamsom at Westonbirt Arboretum-email,  westonbirt.coppice@virginmedia.com or simply use the paypal booking button at the bottom of this page.


Media contact:   Hugh Ross  e-mail    hazelwoodlandproducts@yahoo.co.uk, or mobile 07785-536613.


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One comment on “Hope for neglected hazel coppice
  1. Dave Jackson says:

    This should be a great event if you want to learn the tricks of the trade in 2 days that most of us took over a decade to muster! Hope to see you all there

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