The cycle  of coppicing in Longmoor Wood and Mariners Rewe (two of the main woodland areas at Swan Barn Farm) works so that an area is cut every other winter. The next area is due to be cut this coming winter and will provide a number of materials for the new building. There are some pictures in an earlier post of the cutting taking place in the last area and I thought it was worth an update to see how it is looking in midusmmer 18 months after we finished the work.

As you can see the wood looks fantastic at this time of year. The regrowing coppice stools are already over six feet tall and the whole area is alive with the sound of insect and bird life.

Woodlands are best known for their wildflowers in the spring, when the bluebells are a real treat. However there is still plenty to see in late June and this area at the moment is looking great, there are swathes of yellow pimpernel on the ground and lots of foxgloves being busily worked by the bee’s. Tucked away amongst these is a small patch of Ragged Robin.

This is a plant of wet meadows and woods, but it only really does well in woodland when enough light reaches the woodland floor. Its always a real pleasure to see this delicate little plant getting the opportunity to flower.

This patch of woodland provided the timber that we are currently using across the estate for a whole range of uses, from gateposts to benches to charcoal for the volunteers bar b q. We are also hoping to be able to use it for floorboards for the new building, here you can see the logs selected for this seasoning in the field behind the office.

If you begin to notice the Willow the Collie dog as a common theme in the pictures thats because she belongs to me (Dave, see the post on staff at Swan barn Farm) and I am writing these posts!