Silver wood is approximately 10
acres of chestnut coppice and oak standards with a large amount of secondary
growth silver birch. Our plans for the wood are to open up and maintain the
rides, to allow a no-intervention zone alongside the boundary with the field
and to reintroduce coppice cycle where possible. We have in the last few
years coppiced two small areas and scalloped one of the rides through the
wood and were rewarded by extensive ground level growth and a noticeable
increase in invertebrates including white admiral butterflies and
dragonflies in the woodlot itself whereas previously these had been limited
to the main ride running from north to south gates.
Wood that we have coppiced is used
as firewood, converted to charcoal and in various craft projects from
candlesticks to chairs. We plan to provide wood to Silva Energy over the
coming years for biomass conversion.