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Jane's Coppice

Join us every Thursday morning to restore a section of coppice

  • Ended
  • 30 British pounds
  • Stroud

The Sessions

Voltaire's Wood has three areas of hazel coppice back in rotation. This one area, called Jane's Coppice, is a particularly enjoyable one to work on. Coppice is where the base of the tree - the stool - sends up multiple stems, which were historically used for making fencing hurdles or firewood. Most of our coppice is hazel. While coppice products are less in demand now, the practice of coppicing makes for a really healthy woodland. Cutting back a section of coppice acts as a bump-start for biodiversity in the woods, as wildflowers and insects move into the space. Every Thursday over autumn and winter, we will be working with Jane Grey Wallis, an experienced coppicer who also works at Westonbirt arboretum on the coppice named after her!. We start around 11 in the morning, working through until around 3pm - with a break for lunch It is £30 for your initial session, on whichever Thursday you choose. After that, it is free for the rest of the season so come whichever Thursday you can make it. Please bring your own gloves, good boots and waterproofs. We have pruning knives, called Silkys, but if you have your own you might be more comfortable using that. Any queries, send us an email on If you are after more formal tuition, please see the courses run by Cotswolds National Landscape, also run at Voltaire's Wood.

Contact Details

  • Voltaire's Wood, Hazel Woods, Stroud, UK