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© Ken Paterson via www.scran.ac.uk
Coppice, Inverfarigaig Forest, Inverness-shire
Coppicing was a technique whereby timber products, both wood and bark, could be regularly harvested without killing off trees.

The tree trunk was cut back and the rapidly sprouting stems were cut periodically. Oak bark was much in demand for tanning, hazel and other woods for making woven articles.

After many years, this downy birch tree shows signs of having been coppiced. The base, or 'stool', of an old tree is ringed by younger, more slender shoots.

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