Last weekend our friends Dominic, Katharine, Ivy and Giles came up to the woods to try their hand at coppicing. We made a start to this year's work in Sweep Wood, working on some Hazel and also the windblown Ash you can see in the background below.
We split into two teams, mainly for safety reasons!
As well as felling the Hazel, we were also using billhooks to clean up the stems so they can be used for something later on.
There was quite a pile of brash after a couple of hours work:
After lunch we burned it all up to make space for the next day of coppicing:
and took the opportunity to toast some marshmallows once the fire had died down:
I'm looking forward to getting up there again to do some more work, though things are pretty busy for the next week or so...