Coppicing and pollarding are both practices of hard pruning which keeps shrubs or trees smaller than
their usual growth. These practices encourage fast new growth which can be useful if wood is desired.
Coppicing is performed at ground level. Pollarding is performed higher up, and traditionally, this would have been useful to prevent grazing animals taking the new shoots.
Copparding is a combination of the two practices which can be performed at a height comfortable to the gardener.
A good number of broad leaved trees in Britain can be copparded. Here I am using loppers to coppard a willow, cutting back as close to the main trunk as possible.
An enjoyable activity working alongside my university cohorts.
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