COPPICE

Coppice, as a verb deriving from a French word "to cut" describes a particular woodland management regime whereby certain species of trees were, on a regular basis cut back to base level to promote regrowth in the form of long straight poles that could then be used to service the greenwood trades.   It is the oldest and most long lived form of woodland management, though nowadays in serious decline as our native woodlands remain largely unmanaged.