Demonstration Woodlands

Our database of Demonstration Woodlands. Please click a woodland for more details:

Moss and Height Spring Wood - nr. Bouth

BHMAT (the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust) took on a 20 year lease to manage Moss and Heights Spring Wood (MAHS). CANW is helping out by running workdays where members can come along and carry out some voluntary work. Past work days have included:
  • cutting back trees either side of the main bridleway to encourage more diverse, low-level plants to grow,
  • making charcoal using traditional earth clamps and barrels,
  • oak-bark peeling for use in the tanning industry,
  • dry stone walling,
  • track improvements.
More details can be found on the Coppice Association North West's website: www.coppicenorthwest.org.uk/mahs.php
Oak bark peeling
Categories:
  • Amenity woods open to the public
  • Community Woodlands
  • Coppice woodlands either in rotation or being restored
Products:
  • Bean poles
  • Besom materials
  • Bobbin wood
  • Charcoal wood
  • Firewood
  • Greenwood furniture grade wood
  • Hedging stakes
  • Oak bark
  • Pea sticks
Owner / managed by The Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust
Contact: The Chair
Email: info@coppiceapprentice.org.uk
Website: www.coppiceapprentice.org.uk
Address: The Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust LA5 9TD
Distance to nearest road: Roadside.

Oaks Wood - nr. Burneside

This small, two acre wood comprises a coppice with standards regime. It was acquired in 1989 in an unmanaged state. Following acquisition an intensive programme of management has been carried out so as to restore the wood into a productive status producing a wide range of useful products in demand locally. The owners were also particularly keen to manage the wood to benefit biodiversity and wild-life needs.
Categories:
  • Coniferous/mixed woodlands managed for fuel products
  • Coppice woodlands either in rotation or being restored
  • Private woods used for leisure
  • Small farm woods
Products:
  • Bean poles
  • Charcoal wood
  • Firewood
  • Greenwood furniture grade wood
  • Hedging stakes
  • Pea sticks
  • Straw-bale building pins
Events
  • Small wood coppicing by hand – Work Day
    08 Feb 2014
    Edward and Romola Acland have been sensitively managing this small woodland for 20 years. They have returned a neglected farm woodland into a thriving and productive habitat that supplies them with firewood and an endless supply of useful, coppiced materials…and they do it all by hand! The work day will start with a tour of the wood and an explanation of how it has been managed, and will also include tuition in how to use traditional hand tools and plenty of time to practice. Hand tools will be provided but if you have bushman’s saw/bill hook/loppers please bring them with you. 11am-4pm. Booking essential, please bring your own lunch, tea/coffee provided.
    Contact Details: info@woodeducation.org.uk, or phone 07771550997
    Link to WEP's Post
Management Plan

15 bird boxes have been installed, which are carefully managed and monitored. The wood is surrounded by a traditional stone wall, originally built to exclude farm animals. A deer exclusion fence erected against the wall ensures a deer-free environment so as to achieve best results from coppice regrowth.
Owner / managed by Edward & Romola Acland
Contact: Edward Acland
Phone: 01539 725168
Email: edwardacland@freeuk.com
Address: Sprint Mill, Burneside, Kendal, Cumbria. LA8 9AQ
Distance to nearest road: 1 km
Public Transport: Buses and trains to Burneside. 15 minute walk from station.

Pettman Willow Osier bed - Allithwaite, nr. Grange-over-Sands

Well-tended osier bed of 1600 willows in a range of varieties, trial bed and associated willow preparation areas, all in less than ¼ acre.
Categories:
  • Private woods used for leisure
  • Willow plantations
Products:
  • Cuttings
  • Garden structures
  • Willow for basketry
Management Plan

Planted by owners, intensively managed by annual coppicing for small-scale willow production. No pesticides or machinery used.
Owner / managed by Susan & Ian Pettman
Contact: Ian pettman
Email: Baskets@pettmanwillow.co.uk
Address: Allithwaite, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. LA11 7QX
Distance to nearest road: 100m

Sales Bank Wood - Colton/Oxen park, Rusland Valley

A 12 ha (29 acres) Ancient Semi-natural woodland managed with the twin objectives of enhancing the biodiversity of the wood and re-instating the coppice for best quality timber and underwood.  It is now 15 years since the first coupe of neglected coppice was instated (oak, birch, alder, hazel). 
Categories:
  • Coniferous/mixed woodlands managed for fuel products
  • Coppice woodlands either in rotation or being restored
  • Private woods used for leisure
  • Small farm woods
Products:
  • Firewood
  • Hazel for raw materials
  • Planked oak timbers
Management Plan

Five years of coppice re-growth was protected from browsing by deer with brash; this was followed with some permanent deer fenced areas and some areas protected with temporary plastic deer fencing giving an interesting contrast between management techniques.
Owner / managed by Edward & Pam Mills
Contact: Edward Mills
Phone: Day: 07875 248115
Email: Edward-pam@woodisgood.fsnet.co.uk
Distance to nearest road: Roadside.

Sawrey Ground Plantation - nr. Hawkshead

Approximately 50 acres of mixed age larch and spruce plantation mixed with small areas of broadleaves in a highly visible aspect just east of Tarn Hows.
Categories:
  • Coniferous/mixed woodlands managed for fuel products
  • Private woods used for leisure
  • Woodlands involving working horses
Products:
  • Firewood
  • Woodchip boiler fuel
Events
  • Wood Fuel and Horse Logging – Open Day
    22 Mar 2014
    A rare opportunity to see the whole cycle of wood to fuel in action. Gary Primrose manages his woodland using environmentally sustainable practises, part of which includes processing thinnings to fuel a large woodchip boiler heating system. He also employs the services of local horse loggers to extract the timber with minimal impact to the land, and he has successfully obtained numerous grants to help complete the work. This open day will include tours of the woodland and woodchip boiler, as well as plenty of time to watch the horses at work…not to be missed. 11am-4pm Booking essential, please bring your own lunch, tea/coffee provided.
    Contact Details: info@woodeducation.org.uk, or phone 07771550997
    Link to WEP's Post
Management Plan

Some of it is PAWS [Plantation on Ancient Woodland] and is being gradually thinned and converted back to native broadleaves. The rest is to be managed using Continuous Cover Forestry principles to minimise aesthetic impact, increase multi age and multi species structure via natural regeneration for resilience and biodiversity. Extraction is being done with horses to minimise soil damage. We harvest the thinnings below the annual yield of the forest so that it is capable of being productive indefinitely.
Owner / managed by DA Hook & GW Primrose
Contact: Gary Primrose
Phone: 015394 36112
Email: prim.west@gmail.com
Address: Yewfield, Hawkshead Hill, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0PR
Distance to nearest road: Roadside.

School Knott Community Woodland - Windermere

Newly formed community woodland group using 26 ha (64 acres) “new native” woodland site. Wood established in 2002 on former grazed pasture land, as part of the new native woodlands in national parks challenge fund.
Categories:
  • Amenity woods open to the public
  • Community Woodlands
  • Coniferous/mixed woodlands managed for fuel products
  • Coppice woodlands either in rotation or being restored
  • Willow plantations
  • Woods planted on marginal farmland for biodiversity gain and diversification
Events
  • Community Woodlands – Work Day
    02 Mar 2014
    Come and join the School Knott Community Woodland group for a day of fruit tree planting and other tasks. Members of this fledgling group will be on hand to answer questions about setting up community woodlands to provide coppiced products for gardening, running craft workshops and planting fruit trees to feed the team! 10am-3pm. Booking essential, please bring your own lunch, tea/coffee provided.
    Contact Details: info@woodeducation.org.uk, or phone 07771550997
    Link to WEP's Post
Management Plan

A Management plan is currently being produced.
Owner / managed by South Lakeland Ditrict Council
Contact: Tony Naylor
Phone: 01539 733333
Distance to nearest road: Roadside.
Public Transport: 20 mins walk from Windermere train station.

Sprint Mill Smallholding - nr. Burneside

A 7 acre field near Sprint Mill, Burneside purchased in 1972. Originally the field was a single space and is surrounded by traditional hedges and dry stone walls. Over the years the field has been compartmentalized and is currently divided into ten separate plots. The current layout comprises approx. 20% newly planted woodland (oak, ash, hazel, willow, cherry, hawthorn, walnut) and 80% traditional hay meadow. Site demonstrates a newly established orchard, a damson wind-break, a newly established small hazel coppice, a small biomass willow planting, a new small oak wood, pollard ash experiment, coppiced ash, mid field Oak trees.
Categories:
  • Coniferous/mixed woodlands managed for fuel products
  • Coppice woodlands either in rotation or being restored
  • Willow plantations
  • Woods planted on marginal farmland for biodiversity gain and diversification
Products:
  • Bean poles
  • Firewood
  • Fruit from orchard
  • Greenwood furniture grade wood
  • Hedging stakes
  • Pea sticks
  • Straw-bale building pins
Events
  • Marginal farmland planting for biodiversity – Open Day
    05 Apr 2014
    Edward and Romola Acland will again be our hosts, this time at their smallholding on the River Sprint. One field bought in 1992 is now 10 separate plots that include areas of coppice, a willow plantation, orchard, expansive wildflower meadow and other ‘experimental’ planting, all of which is productive in it’s own way! An inspiring example of how permaculture principles and a bit of imagination can create rich biodiversity on a small scale. 1pm-4pm Booking Essential, tea/coffee provided.
    Contact Details: info@woodeducation.org.uk, or phone 07771550997
    Link to WEP's Post
Management Plan

To maintain a traditional diverse hay meadow regime, enhanced via the addition of new wild-flower and herb plug planting whilst taking out meadow on marginal and awkward sections and planting up same with indigenous hard woods so as to eventually produce viable products whilst at the same time enhancing the needs of wildlife.
Owner / managed by Edward & Romola Acland
Contact: Edward Acland
Phone: 01539 725168
Email: edwardacland@freeuk.com
Address: Sprint Mill, Burneside, Kendal, Cumbria. LA8 9AQ
Distance to nearest road: Roadside.
Public Transport: Buses and trains to Burneside. 15 minute walk from station.