Posted on January 4, 2015
By Michael Griffiths
Sunrise: 08.17 Sunset: 04.09
Category: Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve
A brrrrr burrrr.
Sounds like a door buzzer. 🙂
But you hate coppicing, Elisa?
YES! Very much!
Hmm . . . how strange! You’re not confusing coppicing with another word that sounds similar are you, Elisa.
yes pollarding probably, i think we had an ‘argument’ about this before 😛
why make a poor wondrous willow have what looks like an arthritis? though perhaps the type of willow you have there is not the large weeping type here
Can’t have been me, Elisa. I don’t have arguments.
Coppicing and pollarding are ancient woodland management systems, that sustainably provided, and still provide the raw materials for hurdles, fencing, chairs, tool handles, bean poles, trellises, baskets, firewood, and a whole range of consumable items. Coppiced and pollard trees also provide wonderfully diverse habitats for tweety birds, butterflies and the like. How can you hate coppicing and pollarding, unless someone has spoiled the view from your window.
Do you know that a big mature weeping willow in full summer leaf sucks up hundreds of gallons of water a day, drying out the soil. When the tree grows bigger, and especially in a warm climate, the roots will spread, looking for water and nutrients. When the tree reaches 18 m high, you can ( very roughly) expect the roots to travel the same distance from the trunk as its height. If there’s water uphill ( perhaps running off a house roof or patio or driveway ), that’s where the roots will go.
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