Timber harvesting & sales
At Maydencroft, we link growers and wood end users together, we supply the majority of large timber mills with top quality softwood and hardwood sawlogs for both the construction and export markets. In addition, we provide local mills with softwood bars and fencing products, sell hardwood and softwood roundwood to firewood merchants and work with woodchip suppliers and charcoal makers. Uniquely, Maydencroft sells individual parcels to local artisans for building, cleaving, sculpturing and turning.
Throughout central and south east England woodlands need regular thinning during their development. Thinning allows owners and managers to manipulate the woodland by favouring certain species or individual specimen trees. This prevents younger trees from being shaded out by aggressive species as well as providing opportunities to remove diseased, damaged or poorer trees to allow healthier trees better access to nutrients, water and light. Thinning is crucial to provide light to the woodland floor to stimulate the regeneration of tree seedlings and promote ground flora. In addition, thinning improves cash flow of the woodland account by providing regular "dividends" whilst improving the overall woodland asset.
Coppicing and Pollarding
Coppicing is an ancient method of woodland management where trees are cut just above ground level on a regular cycle to provide a specific woodland product. Coppiced woodlands can become extremely rich in wildlife due to the varied structure of the woodland. However, pests can cause damage by browsing regrowth of coppiced stools causing them to be come weak and sometimes causing death. Pollarding is a similar method however, the tree is cut higher above the reach of browsing pests increasing the likelihood of regeneration and survival.
We often use a mixture of thinning, coppicing and pollarding in our harvesting interventions as this provides a good balance between financial return and improved woodland habitat.
Rides and Open Ground
Rides are the arteries into any wood, it is absolutely vital that they are maintained to allow the efficient management of the woodland. Part of our woodland management ethos is to improve ride networks within woodlands to maximise ride edge habitat. Widening rides, creating ride edge scallops and small glades at ride intersections dramatically increases woodland biodiversity whilst improving access. We have the most up-to-date specialist equipment to make any form of ride widening and maintenance as cost effective as possible.