The hazel coppice has not been cut for 15 years. As we have 2 ½ acres of hazel coppice it will be a gradual process to bring some back into a 7-10 year rotation.
Cutting back stools in scattered coupes this winter will give us an idea of the vulnerability of the hazel to deer browsing. We also plan to intersperse some young standards of oak and hornbeam.
In the meantime, we have more hazel beanpoles than you can shake a beanpole at.
The Forestry Commission have produced a leaflet on restoring hazel coppice: