Coppice Day 2014 (2nd March)
Coppice day 2014 was really inspiring again, with hundreds of people taking to the woods to experience their sustaining spirit. It was organised by the National Trust Longshaw, and Transition Hope Valley, in Upper Rough Wood, between Hathersage and Grindleford.
The task was to thin 50% of the larch trees from this enclosed wood to allow space for the native broad leaf trees to grow. There was story-telling, besom broom making (using heather as well as birch this year, den building, building bird and bat boxes, charcoal making, drawing with the charcoal that had just been made, bodging and green wood work with a pole lathe, tree identification, a walk and talk on the history of the overgrown quarry, up the hill, and more. A portable planking rig produced beautiful planks and beams, in situ, from the just-cut trees. Children in the Grindleford and Eyam playgroup clearing made dreamcatchers using materials of the forest, and boggarts: spirits of the Longshaw moors and woods.
Big Lad, the shire horse from Green Estate in Sheffield, pulled out lots of wood, which couldn’t have been removed for use in any other way without damaging the woodland.
Food cooked over the fire included dampers (bread cooked on a stick) and baked potatoes – as well as pre-cooked (but locally made) soup and cakes. Even the forecast rain held off (pretty much) until the last hour.