Volunteers are a cut above the rest

CALL the cops!

When the call went out for people to help with a little coppicing in Shire Brook Valley this hardy lot stepped forward.

Rangers from Sheffield's Countryside team showed the volunteers how to coppice - a traditional method of woodland management.

In a coppiced wood, young tree stems are repeatedly cut down to near ground level.

In subsequent growth years, many new shoots will emerge and, after a number of years, the coppiced tree or stool is ready to be harvested and the cycle begins again.

The group was told coppiced woodland is harvested in sections on a rotation so a crop is available each year somewhere in the woodland.

The volunteers have helped to provide rich habitats for birds and animals.

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