Luke Mitchell wrote:
Very interesting to learn of your stepfather's work and your experience there. I've not had the opportunity to talk to many people who have worked as coppicers - it is mostly old acquaintances of people or others newly picking it up.
If you contact the local council they may have a volanteer program, (both Durham and Hampshire do that I know of, I imagine most do since it saves them money) Coppicing was one of the tasks they used volunteers for, and of course there was at least one person there with experience to guild everyone else. In Hampshire they were working on woods that have been coppiced for over 1000 years, and the "new" coppicing was quite successful in increasing the numbers of certain animals like the hazel doormouse. We even ended up with one in the house for R n' R (yes we had a license to handle them) Doormouse counting was a favourite late winter activity when I was a child.