Where there are grazing animals among the trees, coppicing fails due to grazing of the re-growing shoots. To avoid this damage, the cutting is carried out above browsing height - this is called "pollarding" and was used in the Forest area to produce small round wood from beech trees. The beautiful beech pollards in Legsheath or Five Hundred Acre wood have not been pollarded for perhaps a hundred years and would not survive being cut at this late stage. Experiments are being carried out to establish whether there are methods of bringing these trees back into a pollarding scheme without permanent damage.

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