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Final cut of the coppicing season

by Rod Kebble The sap is beginning to rise and Tankersford Copse has been echoing to the sound of Conway Churchill’s chainsaw for the past couple of weeks. But enough of Conway, it is coincidently the end of the coppicing season as the time draws near for birds to begin nesting. The cut timber will […]

Defending against deer and bunnies

by Conway Churchill It is common practice to build sturdy and often quite elaborate defence round newly coppiced stools in order to prevent new shoots from being subjected to the tender mercies of cute little bunny rabbits and deer. The defences round the stools in the woodland at Pierrepont Farm are no exception. Regular volunteer […]

Charities’ coppicing cooperation

by Rod Kebble Farmer Mike Clear and CRT volunteer Conway Churchill recently asked Mike Coates, manager of the RSPB’s Farnham Heath Reserve — which borders Pierrepont Farm at a number of points — if they could fell some of the coppiced trees on his land. Mr Coates understood the benefits of managing the woodland properly […]

Rhodie rhestling but no firewood chopping

by Rod Kebble The conservation group met on 7th January and, as forecast, this was the first time since the CRT acquired Pierrepont Farm in 2006 that the working party immediately following Christmas was not spent chopping firewood because the farmhouse was about to run out. This was partly due to the warmer weather before […]

Gathering winter fuel

by Rod Kebble The Pierrepont conservation group working party on 10th December was a tidying up exercise, picking up timber from various points in Tankersford Wood and Tankersford Copse. Some of it was recently-cut chestnut and birch, some of it rhododendron from earlier years. Altogether we managed to fill two trailer-loads, which were emptied at […]