I grew up next door to the Lower Woods Nature Reserve. It is one of England’s largest oak-ash woods comprised of 700 acres of woodlands and coppices separated by grassy ‘rides’. My ancestors have a recorded history of living in that area since the 12th Century.

My friend Will Evans visits the Nature Reserve regularly and helps with the coppicing. Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management. Young tree stems are repeatedly cut down near to ground level leaving what is known as a stool remaining. Over time, new growth emerges and after a number of years, the coppiced trees are again harvested and the cycle begins again.

In Lower Woods the coppicing happens in sections that are rotated to allow for the regrowth of the coppiced areas. Coppicing provides a rich variety of habitats allowing for great biodiversity.

Psalm 1:1-3 (MEV)
“Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; its leaf will not wither, and whatever he does will prosper.”