Coppicing is the periodic cutting of broadleaf trees to the ground during the dormant season (winter). The following spring, multiple stems emerge from the remaining stump, which are left to grow for a number of years until they reach the necessary size for their intended use. Coppicing has been practised in the British Isles for at least 6,000 years.

Many woodland species depend upon the cyclical habitat created by coppicing different areas of a woodland each winter. Where an area is cut, sunlight can reach the ground, which creates suitable conditions for species of wildflowers and insects, including many species of butterfly. Birds and mammals, such as dormice and nightjars, also benefit from coppice management.
Much of Surrey's woodland has been neglected for decades (often since World War II or before), and as a result, there has been a decline in biodiversity and general condition. Appropriate management can improve the condition of a woodland for wildlife, while also providing a renewable resource for local use. This reduces the need to import timber and wood-based products from across the globe, so reducing pollution from transport.
The shady conditions of neglected hazel coppice
Recently cut coppice in its first summer of regrowth
I have several years' practical experience of coppicing and woodland management, including restoration of overstood (neglected) coppice to a regular cycle, and have undertaken work on both local council and privately owned land. As well as coppicing, I carry out other aspects of woodland management, such as thinning, scrub clearance, rhododendron clearance, ride management, fencing, tree planting and aftercare.

Grant aid can be available from organisations such as the Forestry Commission for Management of Woodlands. I have experience of putting together grant applications and also arranging felling licences. I can give advice on both practical and legal aspects of woodland management.

I have public liability insurance cover up to £5 million for all work undertaken and am certified in chainsaw use/tree felling, forestry first aid and efficient harvesting of coppice. I have attained a National Certificate in Countryside Management from Merristwood land-based college, near Guildford.