Coppiced / Copparded Hornbeam, Elm and Whip Plantation, and Dead Man’s Fingers
The first few photographs in this gallery show a freshly cut Hornbeam. drawing moisture from the ground by capillary action. This capillary action encourages strong regrowth as can be seen by the photographs taken two years later.
This coppiced hornbeam which was copparded (cut at a level higher than coppicing and a lower level than pollarding). It was hoped that the higher level of coppard i.e. at between 6-8ft would prevent damage by grazing deer and rabbits. This method would appear to have been quite successful.
Dutch Elm resistant Elm Plantation
Dutch Elm disease devastated the Elm trees across the UK, including Birchanger Wood. Disease resistant Elm trees were planted in this area to hopefully revive this tradition British tree in Birchanger Wood.
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Dead Man’s FIngers
Xylaria polymorpha, commonly known as dead man's fingers, is a saprobic fungus. The photograph shows an example growing from the path edge close to QR15. You may be luck enough to see one if you keep looking throughout the year, but please note that fungi are transient and only grow when the conditions are favourable.
Small hedge plants are often called whips and are about 60cm (2ft) high. They are very cheap and are easy to establish. Larger plants need more care and are more expensive. It is best to plant whips closely as they not only form a thick hedge, but compete with each other and so reduce the amount of trimming required.