A GUIDE TO HAZEL COPPICE ASSESSMENT
- Access to the wood, how close can you get your vehicle and are the tracks likely to be open in wet weather.
- Restrictions on access times. If you are short of wood it is no good buying a piece of coppice in September if you can not start cutting until after shooting in February.
- The presence and density of standard trees, although providing useful shelter or shade, will also seriously reduce the stool quality under them.
- The presence of unwanted species, for which you have little use. Bramble in great drifts can be a nuisance particularly if the contract demands you clear it.
- Tidiness – of course you would not leave the site in a mess if you ever want to come back again! But it is not necessary to burn up the tops in good coppice – leave them over the stools. Estates that insist on burning everything are costing you valuable time and this should be reflected in the price you pay.
|Grade 1||12,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of over 75% usable over waste should produce 1800 ft of hurdle.|
|Grade 2||8,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of over 60% usable over waste should produce 1200 ft of hurdle.|
|Grade 3||4,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of over 50% usable over waste should produce 600 ft of hurdle.|
|Grade 4||Less than 4,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of less than 40% usable rods.|
What you pay depends on you, but bear in mind that 1800 foot of hurdle sold at £5 per foot = £9,000 and with less than 25% waste you should be able to spend most of your time making the hurdles and other products, rather than cutting and preparing your wood.
|Stool Density||400 stools per acre =||stools 3.5 yds apart|
|500 stools per acre =||stools 3 yds apart|
|750 stools per acre =||stools 2.5 yds apart|
Check a selection of 10 stools choosing the closest and widest apart to get an average.
|No of Stools per acre||Usable rods per stool to produce|
|12,000 rods/ acre||8,000 rods/ acre||4,000 rods/ acre|
Jonathan Howe 5.9.95