These ancient woods have survived for so long in their present form because regular coppicing has allowed the trees to re-grow. Using this techniques trees can live for centuries and be very productive. These trees are a mix of small leafed lime, wild cherry, oak , hazel and silver birch and generally small diameter so unsuitable for timber production.

In order to sustain these woods then we need to regularly cut down these trees and either allow them to rot or use the wood for something else – which we are currently using for logs for heating. This makes the fuel used both carbon neutral and truly sustainable.

Should you wish to help us continue this work we need people to buy this wood to allow us to continue to manage this coppice properly. Go to to register to buy this wood.

Britains Oldest Small Leaved Lime at Westonbirt – approximately 2000 years old

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