There is an old saying: ”When you have lemons make lemonade”. In the South east of England we are blessed with thousands of hectares of sweet chestnut coppice woodland. So that is why at PM Chestnut we use this wonderful, overlooked and under-exploited resource.
Why are there so many coppice woods in southeast of England?
The coppice woods of Sussex and Kent where planted to provide poles for the growing of hops for beer brewing, methods changed of growing hops and this left the Coppice woods in decline for many years. A resurgence in coppice work is taking place, something that we are certain will increase post Brexit.
Sweet chestnut, Latin name Castanea sativa, is considered to be an honorary native species. It is understood to have been brought to the Britain by the Romans. Chestnuts were made in to a sort of porridge, which provides Romans with carbohydrate and a whole range of minerals. A real super food when you have to battle the locals!
Sweet chestnut is still grown in Italy and used to fire pizza ovens because of its high calorific value for raising the heat of ovens quickly, then allowing a slow burn at a steady temperature.
If you have built your own pizza oven or have one, we would love to supply you with fagots. Get in touch with your order today.
Much of the timber we use in the UK is imported from abroad. PM Chestnut harvest form sustainable woods that are recognized under the Grown in Britain scheme. By using chestnut you can be assured that you are using the most suitable timber which will last longer than cheaper imported softwood.
Sweet chestnut contains a natural preservative known as tannin. This amazing natural preservative has a wonderful natural resistance to rot; makes ideal fence posts or supports to go in the ground.
Look at our website gallery or get in touch to discuss what you would like to create. We will be happy to supply materials or even undertake the project. We are also able to obtain locally grown birch, pine & other hardwoods. We look forward to hearing from you.
The fantastic advantage of a chestnut coppice wood is that it will regrow and be ready to fell again between 7-20 years. In some woods this may have been happening for centuries. It just keeps giving. In spring time the wonderful regeneration of wild flowers after a coppice cut is a joy to behold. An amazing array of plants can burst out from the woodland floor Bluebells, Wood anemones, foxgloves wild garlic, to name but a few.
There is a need to manage our woodlands; buying directly from us supports local employment and develops the skilled coppice workers of the future. Your purchase will support our endeavour to recognise our heritage and ensure our woodlands thrive in the future.