A woodland managed on a coppice cycle can provide an annual harvest of fuel wood in addition to timber for building and other uses.
A woodland can also offer the opportunity for landscape improvement and for the creation of wildlife habitats, as Michael Littlewood explains in his new book ‘Grow your own firewood: how to create a productive woodland’.
The book concentrates primarily on the establishment of trees for firewood over 10-15 years. It takes a step-by-step approach to planning and designing woodland, selecting the best species, buying stock, preparing the ground, planting and protecting trees, maintaining new woodland, and harvesting the wood. It also explains how to bring existing woodland into productive management.
Published by Ecodesignscape, the book costs £14.95.