Tag Archives: coppice

Hazel for the future

Last year Blackbark worked with climate change action group Treesponsibility to design a tree planting site above Todmorden. The purpose was to establish around 6 acres of predominantly hazel, which will become a commercial coppice in 10-15 years time (depending … Continue reading

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The Story of Coppice exhibition

If you’re interested at all in coppicing, its history and its current relevance then you HAVE to go visit Working Woodlands: The Story of Coppice, an exhibition at Farfield Mill, Sedburgh running from 31st March to Sunday 29th April. It … Continue reading

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Alder Carr Wood

Finally, a moment to breathe and put some updates on this here blog! Through December and January, Blackbark did a lot of work at Alder Carr Wood, inbetween Keighley and Silsden. We are introducing a coppice rotation in the flattest … Continue reading

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“we need to embrace woodland management as a way of life”

Plantlife, a charity dedicated to protecting wild plants, recently published a report called Forestry Recommissioned: Bringing England’s woodlands back to life. Thanks to Mike Carswell (Manchester urban coppicer and role model) for the heads-up. It’s really refreshing to read a … Continue reading

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Brackenbed

This week Blackbark were in north Halifax at Brackenbed, also known as the old Shroggs Tip site. We coppiced two falls which will, in a few years, be the best hazel coppice in Halifax. And probably the only. For the … Continue reading

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STOP PRESS: Blackbark in woodland action shocker

That’s right! After 18 months of crazy ideas, drunken plotting, tired meetings and interminable wranglings with the bank, Blackbark have finally got off their arses and made it into the woods. Woop! We’ll be doing a fair amount of work … Continue reading

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New shoots in the mountains

Last post I mentioned that we’d been in North Wales in February coppicing Coed Yr Afon, a small fifteen year old plantation of mixed hardwood species. I returned at the end of May to check on progress. The wood is … Continue reading

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Ancient oak coppice

Hopefully we’ll have the time to blog on this site about all the things us Blackbarkers are up to, what excites us and what we’re thinking. Back in February we did some upland coppicing over in North Wales – you … Continue reading

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