Phase 2 begins!

After a long break it was great to see some familiar faces arrive in Garston Woods. We are beginning the harvesting of materials needed to construct the buildings at the new Visitor Centre.

Our coup is very close to the one that we harvested last time and it was great to see the hazel growing back strongly. We are coppicing in the same way as the first phase of the project with all of the collected rods being tied into bundles. This makes the job of counting the number collected easier and also allows the rods to be transported more efficiently.

Volunteers busy coppicing

Volunteers busy coppicing

The main difference this time is that all of the experiments are complete and so we are now trying to harvest efficiently because we have a lot of material to collect.

The first week's gathered hazel.

The first week’s gathered hazel.

The first week has flown by with all our volunteers working incredibly hard, fuelled of course, with tea and biscuits.

The most important item in the woods!

The most important item in the woods!

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4 thoughts on “Phase 2 begins!

  1. Do you think the neolithic builders stored the coppiced wood for a couple of months, before constructing their houses? Or, did they coppice and build at the same time, and would it make any difference?

    • Coppiced hazel tends to become brittle if it is stored too long before being used – you need it nice and bendy to weave into the wall. So really you want to use the coppice as soon as possible after it is cut. As coppicing is usually a winter activity, that means the best time to build is the winter or the spring.

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