Coppice at Westonbirt Arboretum

Traditional woodland management

Coppicing is a traditional method of managing a woodland, which involves cutting trees in areas of woodland (or coups) down to the stump and allowing new shoots to grow. Written records from 17th and 19th centaury show Silk Wood being coppiced to produce tan bark, fuel wood and small constructional material. In the 21st centaury commercial management both protects the historic landscape aids biodiversity whilst still producing traditional coppice products.

Coppicing at Westonbirt Arboretum is essential in providing continuity of our traditional landscape, and supporting our rich flora and fauna. There are also opportunities for the interpretation of historical forms of management practiced in Silk Wood and provide meaningful activities for groups engaged in the arboretum’s community programme.

You can purchase Westonbirt BBQ charcoal made onsite by our coppicers every Monday during summer at the end of the Treetop Walkway and Beanpoles and Peasticks when in season.