Coppicing for Boscastle

Our volunteers turned out in droves on Sunday to help us coppice the river side vegetation in the Valency Valley, Boscastle.

Since the big flood of 2004, the National Trust has been working with the Environment Agency to help alleviate flood risk in Boscastle. Part of our work in the Valency valley is to cut back (coppice) woody vegetation beside the river on a rotational basis. It is a big job, however many hands make light work, and it didn’t take long to clear this years section alongside the river. Once cut, the coppiced material has to be hauled up the bank and made into habitat piles for woodland creatures.

 Our hard work was rewarded with a lovely cuppa in the National Trust café in the harbour. If you would like to get involved, have a look at our volunteer pages or email me at

 All the Best, Jenny Herbert, Ranger, Boscastle to Morwenstow.

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