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Beacon Wood Coppicing Group

February 25, 2013

One of the projects this Winter has been to set up a local coppicing group for the community woodland granted to us by Cornwall Heritage Trust (CHT) on the North side of Sancreed Beacon. I wanted to set up the Beacon Wood Coppicing Group to:

Provide the local community with a sense of ownership for the site.
Provide the local community with a means of obtaining sustainable woodfuel
Re-introduce coppicing management skills into the local community
Get help to do all the work needed!

After an initial call out for interest via leaflets and local community networks, then word of mouth we have a merry band of 16 coppicers joined up to the group. Each day begins with Health & Safety briefing and demonstrations to ensure everyone can work in a safe way with the tools and appropriate signage is put up to inform members of the public about the work

As well as maintaining and managing the 6acre woodland, the group is responsible for preventing willow encrachment into the lowland heathland of Sancreed Beacon. Which is how we found ourselves transforming this….

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into this….

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Lots of lovely willow 2″ – 4″ diameter which can be dressed and carried away by all those who come along to use as woodfuel in their woodburners next Winter. We managed to cut about 1/2 acre over 3 days and create lots of sheltered habitat piles for the flora and fauna.

Thanks to all those who came along, and the sense of satisfaction from members of our community being able to be self sufficient in their own wood made my Winter a little warmer :-).

If you are interested in setting up community groups to harvest their own woodfuel then please contact me at gregh@futuretracks.co.uk

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Beacon Wood – (Grid Ref: 413298)

August 20, 2009

Wild Food.

Invited Rachel Lambert (www.wildwalks-southwest.co.uk), friend and local wild food expert for a tramp around the wood to see what could be found in July.

After cutting a path through the 7′ tall bracken (I kid you not!!), we managed to discover:

Angelica

Angelica

Wood Sage

Wood Sage

Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel

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Hawthorn

Hawthorn

Rosebay Willowherb

Rosebay Willowherb

Hogweed

Hogweed

Ribwort Plantain

Ribwort Plantain

Not bad for a quick walk around the woods.

Beacon Wood – (Grid Ref: 413298)

June 24, 2009

Situated in the Northern corner of Sancreed Beacon, Beacon wood originally started out as a piece of disused land overgrown with brambles and bracken. Local tree warden Tony Hole began helping the regeneration of the land by planting native tree species on there in the mid 1980’s with the verbal consent of the Land owners Cornwall Heritage Trust (CHT).

Tree Planting Beacon Wood - Winter 2009

One thing we need in Cornwall is more trees! Centuries of gradual deforestation and little replanting have severely depleted the tree covearge in this part of West Cornwall. In my opinion they are a necessary and largely understocked resource, so every patch of woodland becomes very precious.

However, things are never that simple and since the early 2000’s the area has been designated an area of Lowland Heathland, and English Nature pay the CHT an annual maintenance fee to maintain it as such.

As an area of Lowland Heathland one course of action the CHT could take is to uproot any trees!!! So, Tony and I met representatives of English Nature and CHT to discuss this in March 2009. The outcome of that meeting was that CHT agreed to take the 6 – 7 acres of woodland already planted out of the Lowland Heathland scheme, letting the community have the area as a woodland, if the community would help upkeep the Beacon. This they then put in writing to the parish Council.