We have now launched an informal group for coppicing in Scotland, affiliated to the UK-wide National Coppice Federation, bringing their support and guidance. We will also hope to have a some events in future, although these may have to be online to start with. We have a Facebook group where we will discuss these things for now, so please join this if you use Facebook. We also hope to start an email newsletter too for members.
The coppice group remains nestled within Reforesting Scotland at the moment, but the finances and admin are handled by Al Whitworth (also an RS director).
A little history…
During the Scottish Crannog Centre’s ‘Regenerating Hazel Coppice‘ conference in April 2013, delegates suggested that there should be a network of some kind for people involved in coppicing in Scotland. Reforesting Scotland followed this up by producing the 2014 Coppice Network Study Report funded by Forestry Commission Scotland. Progress slowed after this and eventually stalled before the Coppice Network was created.
In 2019 a Scottish Coppice Network Facebook Group was started and quickly gained popularity. There were a few discussions to create a more formal group, affiliated with the National Coppice Federation, originally intended for 2020, but finally it happened in 2021. The Facebook group currently has over 900 members and the Coppice Network has over 30 members.
Join the Coppice Network
The annual fee to join is £3, payable below by Paypal. This includes affiliate membership of the National Coppice Federation. The form should take you to a Paypal payment afterwards; if that doesn’t work, use this link instead.