How to coppice willow
One of the most beneficial things about willow trees is how easy they are to care for and how quick they are to grow.
It can be useful, in different scenarios, to grow willows as specimen trees, barriers, hedges or living fences, or to coppice them to make use of the branches as a renewable resource for animal fodder or for basketry and artwork.
Coppicing is the practice of cutting willows back to ground level to maximise regrowth, making willow a valuable resource. Cutting trees back yearly results in multiple straight rods that can be used for various purposes, including weaving and fodder.
Coppicing every two or three years produces longer, thicker rods of 5-7cm in diameter and around 3m in length.
Coppicing on a longer cycle will allow you to grow firewood or thicker fence posts. In any of these scenarios, cutting back growth on a regular cycle will allow you to enjoy the same straight rods again and again in the coming years.