Kathleen Sanderson wrote:I'd also like to know if there's a size that's too small or too big to start cutting for coppice or pollard?
Thanks Kathleen, that was sort of what I was trying to ask! - thanks everyone that chipped in. My expectation would be that if you cut in summer, it would lead to less vigorous growth (like with fruit tree pruning) so if you want to optimise regrowth you would cut when all the growing energy is dormant. But at what age of tree would you need to cut
? I've succeeded in cutting common alder at about 5 inch diameter, but have been nervous of cutting my silver birch at the same diameter(it hasn't quite got there yet). I've been told that silver birch coppices better than downy birch, but downy birch is more tolerant of damp ground so I have both. Beech I'm told pollards well, but doesn't coppice so well; pity, because it does seem to be reasonably good growing here as long as the ground is on the well drained side.