This December we are delighted to be back at Hetchel Woods to continue our restoration work of the past few years. We really enjoy working at this ancient woodland. It’s a tranquil retreat and offers a diverse mixture of tree species and habitat… And the natural spring water tastes incredible!
LCW have scheduled a volunteer day at Hetchel on Wednesday 14th December and we’d love for you to join us.
Whether you have lots of experience or none at all, these days are a great way to meet other people, develop skills, learn new skills and most importantly enjoy being outside whilst contributing to sustainable management of Leeds Woodland.
The nature reserve is seven miles north east of Leeds. If approaching from Wetherby via the A58 Leeds-Wetherby road, to reach the main entrance on Milner Lane take the left turn signposted Thorner at the Bracken Fox pub crossroads at Scarcroft. Keep left at a triangular intersection and the nature reserve entrance is on the left, 0.5 miles further on. There is also a public footpath (parking for a few cars) from the side of the A58 at Bardsey.
Bring food, drink, work gloves, waterproofs, warm clothes and boots. Tools will be provided but useful tools to bring include bow saws and bill hooks.
If you are planning to come along please let me know via email so we can gauge numbers.
If anyone has a real problem with reaching the site then we can look into a potential lift from Hyde Park Source in Woodhouse leaving at 8pm or from the Reginald Centre in Chapeltown but do please try to find an independent method of transport. It’s also ok if you reach us later than 8.30.
Thanks for your interest and look forward to catching up/ meeting you soon.
So folks…. our firewood pile has never been so big. It is HUGE! All sustainably sourced from local woods, seasoned for 2-3 years at our wood yard, dry and ready for your burners.. Help support the regeneration and management of some of Leeds most important woodlands.
It is now possible to order online by bank transfer or paypal. Please go to our firewood shop. Otherwise just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange delivery.
Please note we only deliver free to Leeds postcodes ls1-ls18. If you are in another postcode please get in touch to confirm delivery costs before you order.
For the last few weeks Leeds Coppice Workers have been out coppicing at Townclose Hills. Unusually for the Leeds area these woods are in-rotation coppice. This means that they were cut 8-9 years ago and so the material is a good size for many of the coppice products we supply, such as bean poles/ hedging stakes/ pea sticks/ hurdle rods. As part of our long term commitment to improving the quality of the woodland we are doing lots of layering of stools to improve the density of trees. This is the traditional approach to tree propagation and is a very successful way of getting new trees from the existing stock within the wood. So no need to non local seed or plant nurseries.
Last years cut has regrown brilliantly with pretty much no animal browsing. This is great news for the future because were already getting excited about cutting it again in 8 years time!
If anybody is interested in getting involved volunteering just get in contact email@example.com
Barbecue season is upon us and Leeds Coppice Workers have been busy in the woods getting absolutely filthy making charcoal. There are many, many reasons why this charcoal is better than imported stuff.
Easy to light, no lighter fuel required.
Gets up to heat quicker.
Supports your local coppice workers
Promotes good management of local woodlands, thereby supporting great biodiversity in your local area.
Yes spring is stirring and the sunshine has people heading for the allotment and gardens again.. If your growing beans and peas we have superb bean poles and peas sticks available for sale. By using these bean poles instead of imported garden canes you are supporting the restoration and continued management of local coppice woodlands. These woodlands support a huge variety of wildlife, provide much needed rural employment and keep traditional skills alive.
We are offering bulk discounts on these products because it makes sense to deliver many bundles at once if possible. So if your on a allotment maybe group together with other allotment holders and buy in bulk, saving some money at the same time.
Beanpole/ Peastick Prices (7ft+ long, pointed with 10 in a bundle)
1-9 bundles, £7 per bundle
10-24 bundles, £6 per bundle
25+ bundles, £5 per bundle
Leeds coppice workers have been busy coppicing some really nice mixed coppice in these woods. The material is the right age so we have been getting lots of bean poles, hedging stakes and hurdle rods out. Its a beautiful place and because the coppice is in its 2nd cycle of management the ground fauna is going to be amazing come spring. We are going to be doing allot of layering of the hazel and elm, hoping to at least triple the stool density and make it one of Yorkshires finest coppices!
Leeds Coppice Workers is a workers co-operative providing locally and ethically sourced firewood and charcoal and committed to restoring and managing neglected and underused woodlands in the Leeds area using the best sustainable forestry practices.
We aim to create jobs in leeds woodlands for our members and to promote the use of locally and ethically sourced woodland products, including firewood, within the Leeds area. We also aim to reintegrate local people to their woodlands, show how woodland can be managed in sustainable and ecologically sound ways and to train and share skills in woodland related activities.