NI volunteers get to grips with Coppicing
On Thursday 8th November 7 volunteers came along to our Kilcooley Wood in Bangor, Co Down joined by Woodland Trust staff and our task leader David Thompson to learn all about the practice of Coppicing. We kicked off the morning with a walk around the woods getting to know the different species that surrounded us before we got introduced to a number of very sharp tools!!
David talked to us about the technique of coppicing and how to keep safe whilst carrying out the maintenance before we paired up and got stuck in to tackling a section of the woods that was in need of coppice management. The group were fantastic tackling 30 hazel trees clearing the way for a beautiful oak to flourish at the centre. From the coppiced materials we salvaged several hazel steaks which we plan to use for some hedge laying in the new year.
It was great to welcome volunteers from different parts of Northern Ireland and to see some new faces join us for what was a great days work and lots of fun!
We built up a great appetite for lunch with a difference when we enjoyed a BBQ fry kebab! Yes you read that right, courtesy of our volunteer Phil Allen who prepared the food and cooked us our very first fry served on a kebab stick and cooked to perfection on the BBQ which was delicious and much appreciated (and soon to become the next BBQ craze we’re sure!!!)
A huge thanks to all of our volunteers and to David for leading us.
We hope to run future coppicing task days throughout 2019 so please keep an eye on Whittle for more updates and hopefully we will see you all again soon for some coppicing and maybe another BBQ!!