Bryneich Coppice Management is a social enterprise founded by Lancelot Robson in 2016. We have two woodlands, both of which are being redeveloped as coppice woods. We also have space for re-enactment and Forest School events. We have our own woods (see more below), but we also offer woodland services, educational services, consultancy and woodland products serving the counties of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Scottish Borders, and East Lothian from our bases in Duns (TD11) and Longhorsley (NE65).
Woodland Services include:
Site design and planting, coppice maintenance, hedge laying, coppice harvesting
Educational Services include: courses on Green woodworking, the Shave horse, Pole lathe turning, Sharpening woodland tools correctly by hand. Also Woodland Safety, Woodland activities and appreciation. Observing and Enjoying woodland nature.
Nisbet Rhodes Cottage
Is our own very comfortable on site holiday cottage which can be booked if you are attending courses. It sleeps up to four people (one double and one twin room) and and has on site parking. Our rates are very competitive as compared with other cottages locally of equivalent standard. We can offer an additional 10% discount to our course clients.
Products include: basket willow, hurdle willow, hard wood firewood, pea sticks, bean poles (limited supply at present),
Consultancy includes: Coppice Site appraisal and design, choice of species for commercial and aesthetic purposes, working methods.
Our own Woods
Duns Spa Wood has now been substantially replanted. Our Willow Bed is now fully productive. In 2021/22 we started to remove the plastic tree guards, as our mixed hardwoods have done well. Many trees now look us in the eye. In many parts the ground flora is advancing from the sliver of ancient woodland next to the burn. Elsewhere willow herb has carpeted the bare areas left by the tree extraction. The fauna is flourishing. The number of species sighted in the wood has increased greatly. We have a sheltered camping ground and a meditation/quiet area.
Robson’s Field was rough grassland for many years, known to the local farmers as the Wet Field, which has a complicated geography of marsh land intersected by sandstone outcrops. A few native birch and alder had self seeded, with a few ash and oak trees along the western boundary, but in 2016 the decision was taken to turn the land into coppice woodland. The heavy Northumbrian clay subsoil has made planting difficult, as planting areas have had to be carefully chosen to accommodate very wet patches. Roughly half the site has been planted already, with mixed British hard woods.Three small willow beds have been planted so far, along with about 2,000 trees. An area of marsh has been left to grow wild, with the addition of a swale pond to encourage small wildlife. Deer have always been a problem, but recent improvements to the western boundary seem to have discouraged major depredations. The wood also benefits from a small camping ground, and a small experimental storage area, using materials grown on site. Although the plantings grow more slowly on this site, large numbers of tree guards are being removed in the 2021/22 season and will be reused for new planting in due course.