The Art of Coppicing

What is coppicing you ask? Coppicing is a woodland management technique that involves repeatedly felling trees at the base ,then allowing them to regrow, then providing suitable timber. This technique reigns supreme over replanting as the trees roots have already developed so this means the branches growth would be much quicker and less chance of browsing and shading.

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But what can coppicing do for the environment? As trees already shed their branches to extend their lifespan this good be a great way to simulate this to the life of the tree. It also increases woodland biodiversity as more light will be able to reach the ground allowing other species to grow. These species will usually be food for butterflies and other insects which means that they can be eaten by birds and bats etc. It can actually provide habitat as well, is there anything it can’t do…

 

 

 

 

MaCrosty Park Lade

On the 6th of September I was set on a journey through to MaCrosty Park in Crieff to help out Alan with the Green Routes to wellbeing. Unfortunately due to the poor weather Green Routes had to be called off.

Despite the weather Alan and I decided to soldier on and started to work on this over grown lade. Although the lade had started to look like more of a jungle than a lade we managed to get quite a lot of work done and managed to get the lade water back to a good flow.

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Although the weather was quite miserable I really enjoyed the day.

Cara Modern Apprentice

Hi I’m Cara. I have been with the Community Greenspace Team since January as a Modern Apprentice. I am also studying part-time for a degree in Geography and Environmental Science and have a keen interest in the outdoors.

While working with the team I will be completing a Business and Administration Modern Apprenticeship, and mainly working on Park Events and Football. I am also keen to be involved with the community and helping the Greenspace Rangers.

So far I have processed many event applications, all happening in parks throughout Perth and Kinross, I have been involved in site meetings and have had the opportunity to drive an electric car!

I have also been out of the office and helped the greenspace rangers and volunteer groups, by putting posters up, updating signs and tree planting.

I am looking forward to working with the team more and gaining valuable skills and knowledge of Greenspaces throughout Perth and Kinross.