Coppice at Westonbirt Arboretum

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. Westonbirt Arboretum has a historic tradition of coppicing in Silk Wood, with records dating back to the 17th century. From the early 19th century Silk Wood was coppiced to protect the landscape and biodiversity of the woodland and produced a mix of tan bark, small constructional material and fuel. 

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.

The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum are currently fundraising to ensure our committed coppicers have the facilities required to carry out their day to day activities by building a permanent timber structure which will provide shelter from the elements, as well as store their coppicing equipment safely. The structure will also provide a drying area for material to be readied for the charcoal kiln.

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