Dave & Mark write "Coppice Agroforestry"
A combination of a coppicing forest and a fruit forest is my goal. Haven't really started alltough I have some wild currents growing, haha.
Coppicing forests allows more sunlight to penetrate the tree tops and reach the ground. They therefore have a big potential for saving biodiversity whilst being useful for human needs, e.g. firewood, timber, mushrooms, fruits and berries. Coppicing forest allow everything to grow from trees to shrubs. Great human made ecosystems!
I did not know that coppicing was widely unknown to north americans. Fascinating! I coppice my forest in Germany for firewood. I use mainly beech, birch, maple and oak there.
Don't get your hopes up too high We just recently stopped playing cowboys and Indians and still think that ecosystems don't involve people. Jacke is still way ahead of the mainstream, and most people burn timber for fuel, and buy wattles from China.
I also will be interested in seeing the coppicing book, as I have some interest in coppicing some of our forest trees now that I'm more aware of the usefulness of copppicing as per reading these forums.
I'm thinking alder might be a good coppice tree for us..we have a lot growing and I'm thinking it might make some good smaller firewood and possibly other uses..still need to get my head around what I can use it for..but it does grow back from the roots quite easily and quickly.
we also have a lot of willow growing here and if I can find a good use for the wood I could coppice that and possibly some aspens, although they do sucker horribly..and die off when injured so I'm not sure about them.
Aspen trees hate coppicing. Their leaves take years to degrade and their wood is poor in every aspect. Takes long to dry, no heating value, too soft to build with... BUT. Some butterflies depend on them. So don't cut them all.
Does anyone know the biology well enough to know whether and how deep to "damage" the tree? It is of a species that will happily coppice if cut in this age range. I have two trees to work with.
Any ideas? Suggestions? I know this is a strange request but I'm working within some strict boundaries.
sometimes root damage will cause suckering. cutting a young tree about halfway through the stem, tipping it over, and pinning it down can give you more stems.
In the video he shows furniture and fences that caught my eye, I have a book on making rustic furniture and buildings..but am getting old and not sure if it is a place to plan for in my future or not..we do however heat with firewood.
there was some information on coppicing in vol 1 of Edible forest gardens (yes I got the first volume from the library Sat and finished reading it today)..it has me thinking for sure..i see now that if i was to coppice my alder, which is east and some south of my forest, that it would allow tons of sunlight to the forest floor, which might give me an opportunity to grow more under the canopy of aspen, w cherry, maple and ash that are growing there..but I'll make those decisions after reading vol 2 and making my decisions more informed..
I'm learning more about disturbances from the books as well and learning that disturbances need to be planned as best you can and have a use for the land when you disturb it rather than just wasting all that energy that will result..
yup..i did read every word of the book
OK for Alnus Glutinosa (Common/European) and A. Sinuata (Sitka). Not good for A. Cordata (Italian) and A. Rubra (Red)
And a phone ! 802 - 999 - 2768 which sounds like a cell phone and ought to be on his person
Gist of his message ''Still editing " probably next year ! If you think you have been waiting long enough send him a rocket ! Big AL
they are very much behind their times ! , Any way they can be reached and have responded to me ! Big AL
Lucas Harrison-Zdenek wrote:I am starting to gain interest in coppice for RMH purposes. Are there any species that refuse to coppice to anyone's knowledge?
All broadleaves coppice but some are stronger than others. The strongest are ash, hazel, oak, sweet chestnut and lime whilst the weakest include beech, wild cherry and poplar. Most conifers do not coppice.
Quote from A Brief History of Coppicing